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Medical group says many migrants killed in Libya escape

May. 25, 2018 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Over 100 migrants and refugees held captive by human traffickers were shot at while escaping from a clandestine prison in northwestern Libya and there were numerous deaths and injuries, Doctors Without Borders said Friday. The international medical organization, also known as Medicins Sans...

Lawsuit: Former sheriff falsely blamed jailers for 3 escapes

May. 25, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two former jailers are suing an ex-sheriff in Mississippi, saying he had them arrested and falsely charged to deflect attention from himself after three jail escapes. Reginald Butler and Jacobs Johnson are seeking at least $1 million against former Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis,...

Judge orders higher-calorie meals for Alaska Muslim inmates

May. 25, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Alaska corrections officials to provide Muslim inmates with nutritionally sufficient, pork-free meals when they break their Ramadan fasts at night. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said in a written order that fasting Muslim inmates must be given...

Grand jury says inmates died of natural causes

May. 25, 2018 2:01 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lancaster County grand jury has determined that two state prisoners who died in Lincoln succumbed to natural causes. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 68-year-year-old Michael Juranek died Nov. 29 of lung cancer. He'd been serving a life sentence for a murder in 2011. A court...

Alabama inmate escapes from work release center

May. 25, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

CHILDERSBURG, Ala. (AP) — A state inmate accused of ramming a police car and firing shots at police last year was on the loose Friday after escaping from a minimum-security facility in central Alabama. Anthony Scott Marler, 47, fled a work-release center in Childersburg early Friday, according to a...

Nevada governor candidate defends teacher-sex offender bill

May. 25, 2018 10:23 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Chris Giunchigliani has defended her actions 13 years ago as a state legislator to weaken a proposed law that would have required teachers who had sex with underage students to register as sex offenders. Giunchigliani said she had to amend the bill to get...

Maryland curbs inmate access to books, citing drug smuggling

May. 25, 2018 9:28 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is limiting the access prison inmates have to books, saying it's necessary to keep drugs from entering state prisons. The Washington Post obtained a memo announcing the statewide policy issued April 25. The police says Inmates may buy only 10 books every three months from...

Hawaii authorities arrest mistakenly released Oahu detainee

May. 25, 2018 2:01 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — State sheriffs have arrested an Oahu Community Correctional Center detainee who was mistakenly released. The Department of Public Safety says 25-year-old Winston Kailimai was mistakenly released Wednesday instead of being transferred to the state hospital. He was sentenced Wednesday on a...

Judge set to order proper meals for Muslim inmates in Alaska

May. 24, 2018 8:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge plans to issue an order Friday requiring that an Alaska jail provide suitable meals to Muslim inmates as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan. U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland said at a hearing Thursday that the emergency order generally will resemble a...

North Dakota juvenile system may face more cuts

May. 24, 2018 8:16 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Families and advocates worry that further budget cuts to North Dakota's justice system would mean less help for young people in legal trouble. Budget cuts to juvenile courts in North Dakota are coming at a time when referrals to those courts are increasing, The Bismarck Tribune...