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After 2016 ruling, battles over juvenile lifer cases persist

Jan. 21, 2019 3:17 AM EST

Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016...

Newspaper: Settlement reached in Virginia jail death lawsuit

Jan. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail, the state and the jail's former medical provider have agreed to a $3 million settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate with mental health problems who died in the jail. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk cites court documents in reporting the...

Officials: moving inmates to Mississippi an improvement

Jan. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Corrections and prison rights groups say the move of more than 200 Vermont inmates from a government-run prison in Pennsylvania more than three months ago to a private one in Mississippi has been an improvement. Vermont Public Radio reports that the supervising attorney for the...

Inmates in PAWS program train service dogs for veterans

Jan. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Timothy Gray hasn't been in Iraq for years, but his time in combat with the U.S. National Guard still affects him. His back and shoulder injuries make it hard to change positions, especially moving from sitting to standing — but mostly he is overwhelmed by what's in his head....

State might lease prisons instead of building them

Jan. 18, 2019 6:46 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As Gov. Kay Ivey looks to replace Alabama's troubled state prisons, one option would be to lease facilities built by private developers — a strategy that may allow her to bypass the state Legislature where past construction proposals have faltered. In her inaugural address...

Nebraska prisons head says overcrowding emergency is likely

Jan. 18, 2019 6:40 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is likely to face a prison overcrowding emergency next year that will force state officials to consider releasing all eligible inmates, a prospect some lawmakers fear would endanger the public. Nebraska corrections director Scott Frakes acknowledged Friday that his department...

Michigan sheriff: Warrant needed if ICE wants jail inmates

Jan. 18, 2019 6:34 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A jail in western Michigan's largest county won't release people to federal immigration agents unless they present an arrest warrant from a judge, a sheriff announced Friday after learning that a mentally ill war veteran born in the U.S. was picked up by the government and held for three...

Parson outlines details of Missouri prison closure

Jan. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson says there will be no layoffs and no additional prisoner releases as part of a northwest Missouri prison consolidation. Parson plans to close Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron, although on Friday he said he wants to keep it available in case it's later...

Officers look for Alabama inmate who walked away from site

Jan. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EST

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities are looking for an Alabama jail inmate who walked away from a work site. News outlets reported that Blount County officials say Steven Randolph Hall left the county landfill in Hayden on Thursday. Hall is facing burglary and other charges. Investigators think he may have...

APNewsBreak: SC inmates to get tablets for movies, calling

Jan. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina officials are hoping to combat the dangers of illegal cellphones behind bars by giving inmates a different technological device to communicate with family, obtain education and even purchase access to approved entertainment services. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling...