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Reasons sought for increase in Pennsylvania prison suicides

Oct. 20, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

GRATERFORD, Pa. (AP) — Why are so many Pa. prison inmates committing suicide? Stephen Leonardo is no mental-health expert; he's just an inmate who was assigned to janitorial duty on the unit of Graterford prison where the psychiatric observation cells were located. Still, even he could tell Christopher...

High bond set for doc accused of sexual misconduct at jail

Oct. 19, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a doctor accused of sexual misconduct at a suburban Detroit jail offered candy and tobacco to a woman in exchange for a sex act. Steve Cogswell appeared in court Friday on charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He worked for Correct Care Solutions, a...

2 inmates on work release fall from pickup bed; 1 dies

Oct. 19, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

DIXIE INN, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say one jail trusty died and one was hurt when they fell from the bed of a moving pickup truck on a highway. Trooper Glenn Younger said in a news release Thursday night that 30-year-old Kenneth George of Shreveport and 26-year-old Tyler Hodges of Minden were...

Staff drug exposure problem prompts prisons to screen books

Oct. 19, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Corrections Department announced Friday it will screen books donated to state prison inmates for drugs as part of its response to a sharp rise in the number of employees seeking medical care for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana. The agency told The...

APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

Oct. 18, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new...

Doctor accused of sexual misconduct at Detroit-area jail

Oct. 18, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A doctor is accused of sexual misconduct against women at a suburban Detroit jail. The Macomb County prosecutor says Steve Cogswell is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He worked for Correct Care Solutions, which provides health services at the Macomb County...

Crawford County increases jail fees on cities

Oct. 18, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) — A court in northwestern Arkansas has approved imposing a higher fee on cities for housing their inmates even though county officials cannot justify the increase. The Crawford County Quorum Court voted Monday to charge municipalities a flat fee of $40 a day per inmate, instead of the...

Authorities say they foiled escape attempt at Kentucky jail

Oct. 18, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say they stopped a planned jail escape in eastern Kentucky. The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center said in a statement to news outlets that correction officers at the jail in Paintsville found a hole chiseled in a shower room wall during a routine security check on...

Authorities looking for escaped Kansas inmate

Oct. 18, 2018 12:22 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from a work crew in Topeka. The Shawnee County Department of Corrections says 27-year-old Brian Andrew Worrell ran away Wednesday on his first day with that crew. Maj. Tim Phelps. Worrell told the Topeka Capital-Journal that...

Feds to conduct review of prison after recent suicides

Oct. 18, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — The Department of Justice is reviewing how a New Jersey jail handles inmates' mental health issues after several suicides in recent years. The Press of Atlantic City reports there have been six suicides in the past four years at the Cumberland County Jail. This week the newspaper...