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575 inmates escape in latest Nigeria jailbreak

Oct. 23, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen have attacked a prison in southwest Nigeria, freeing around 575 inmates, officials said Saturday. The third jailbreak in Africa’s most populous country this year raises more concerns about how safe detention facilities are in the West...

Judge: Certain California prison guards must be vaccinated

Oct. 22, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities' health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Kern County Superior Court Judge Bernard Barmann's ruling does not extend to all...

Prison workers top list of those not complying with mandate

Oct. 22, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

Employees in the state's prison system make up more than 32% of state workers who have failed to comply with Gov. Ned Lamont's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to figures released Friday by the governor's office. Of Connecticut's 30,623 state workers 1,482 — about...

NC authorities search for inmate who escaped in dump truck

Oct. 22, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

LAURINBURG, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina are searching for an inmate they said escaped from a work detail in a dump truck. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said Richard Alexander Mundy, 53, was working in an off-prison assignment in...

Militant group ends hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Oct. 22, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian militant group called off a hunger strike among dozens of prisoners held by Israel after nine days on Friday, saying its demands had been met. An Israeli official denied the claim. The Islamic Jihad group said Israeli...

Inmate transport driver sentenced to life for sex assaults

Oct. 21, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A prison transport driver convicted last year of sexually assaulting two female inmates was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus five years. U.S. District Judge D.P. Marshall handed down the sentence to Eric Scott Kindley, 53, for the...

Palestinian prisoner's health declines amid hunger strike

Oct. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian held without charge by Israeli authorities is in “extremely dangerous” condition more than three months into a hunger strike to protest his detention, a group representing detainees said Thursday. Miqdad al-Qawasmi, 24, is...

Visits to restart at Mississippi prisons, with COVID safety

Oct. 21, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prisons will reopen to visitors on Nov. 1 after being closed in late July when the state was seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said Thursday. Mississippi's coronavirus transmission rate has...

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 21, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

Inmate who failed to return from work shift back in custody

Oct. 20, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A western South Dakota inmate who walked away from a minimum-security facility was arrested Wednesday, corrections officials said. Inmate Timothy Mitchell had been on escape status since Oct. 6, after he failed to return to the Rapid City...