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Correction: Census-Prison Gerrymandering story

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Nov. 17 about how the U.S. Census Bureau counts prisoners, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of a Villanova University professor. The correct spelling is Brianna Remster. A corrected version of the story is below: Census counting of prisoners becomes partisan...

Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates’ death row conditions

Nov. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s prison agency agreed to improve death row conditions under a settlement announced Monday of a federal lawsuit that called the inmates’ living standards degrading and inhumane. Lawyers for the inmates who sued said the agreement provides people on death...

Alabama authorities search for escaped work center inmate

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say they are searching for an inmate who escaped from a work center over the weekend. News outlets report the state’s Department of Corrections announced that 38-year-old William Jeffery Dannelly escaped from a Montgomery-area work center early Saturday...

Authorities: Federal inmate walked away from Fargo facility

Nov. 17, 2019 3:29 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says an inmate walked away from a Fargo facility and his whereabouts are unknown. Authorities say 30-year-old Juan Francisco Martinez walked away from Centre Inc. early Sunday morning. Authorities say he was serving a federal sentence for a 2015 conviction of...

Alabama prison commissioner honored despite troubles

Nov. 17, 2019 10:04 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The head of Alabama’s troubled prison system is being honored with a national award. The department says Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn is being awarded a career achievement award by the Correctional Leaders Association, a national organization for prison administrators....

County votes to end drug treatment policy for jail inmates

Nov. 17, 2019 9:21 AM EST

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire county has voted to end a medication assistant treatment program for jail inmates. The Carroll County Commission voted 2 to 1 Wednesday against continuing the current treatment program that provides anti-opioid medication and counseling and therapy at Carroll County...

10 inmates charged in alleged jail drug-smuggling scheme

Nov. 16, 2019 8:16 AM EST

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ten inmates at a southern Indiana jail are charged in an alleged scheme that authorities say used codes to help smuggle drugs into the jail. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says the inmates worked with an outside contact who picked up drugs and hid them in the...

Haiti to investigate alleged rapes of 10 female inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said late Friday they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the northern city of Gonaives. Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last...

Rapper Kanye West performs for Texas jail inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:42 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Kanye West has followed the Johnny Cash route and performed for inmates at a Houston jail. In secret from the public, the star rapper-turned-gospel singer performed songs Friday from his new gospel album “Jesus is King.” He and his choir performed for more than 200 male inmates...

Private prison firm preps for 2020 ‘worst case scenario’

Nov. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a giant private prison company says his firm is prepared for the “worst case scenario” should a Democratic presidential candidate win the 2020 election and attempt to abolish private involvement in the prison sector. CoreCivic CEO Damon Hininger addressed...