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Police say inmate is killed in fight at upstate NY prison

Jun. 29, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

STORMVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An inmate was killed in a prison fight at an upstate New York correctional facility, police said. The altercation at the maximum-security Green Haven Correctional Facility in the Dutchess County community of Stormville left one inmate dead at another...

Over 500 inmates escape from Sri Lanka drug treatment center

Jun. 29, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 500 inmates escaped from a heavily guarded drug rehabilitation center in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday after a suspicious death led to an outbreak of violence, police said. The Kandakadu rehabilitation center, about 250 kilometers (150 miles)...

Bill forcing NC sheriffs to aid immigration agents revived

Jun. 28, 2022 22:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another effort by Republican lawmakers to force North Carolina’s sheriffs to learn the immigration status of their jails' inmates and assist federal agents who want to detain them resurfaced at the General Assembly on Tuesday, more than a year after the legislation passed...

Fire kills 51 after apparent riot attempt at Colombia prison

Jun. 28, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A fire at a prison in southwestern Colombia has killed at least 51 people and injured more than 20 others, authorities said Tuesday. The director of the national prison system, Tito Castellanos, told Radio Caracol that it's not clear if all of the dead were...

Fire kills at last 49 following prison riot in Colombia

Jun. 28, 2022 09:01 AM EDT
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fire kills at last 49 following prison riot in Colombia.

Groups oppose $725M Alabama bond sale for building prisons

Jun. 27, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of advocacy groups is opposing Alabama's plan to sell $725 million in bonds to finance construction of two new supersize prisons. The Communities Not Prisons coalition, a group formed to oppose the construction, and other organizations issued...

Supreme Court rules for inmates seeking reduced prison terms

Jun. 27, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for certain prison inmates to seek shorter sentences under a bipartisan 2018 federal law aimed at reducing racial disparities in prison terms for cocaine crimes. The justices ruled 5-4 that trial judges who are asked to...

Officials: Georgia man sentenced to die kills self in prison

Jun. 27, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man who was recently sentenced to death in the killings of two corrections officers during an escape attempt five years ago has died in prison of an apparent suicide, corrections officials said. Prison guards found Ricky Dubose unresponsive in his cell...

Arizona abortion providers halt procedures after Roe ruling

Jun. 25, 2022 00:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Abortion providers across Arizona halted procedures Friday while they try to determine if a law dating to pre-statehood days means their doctors and nurses could face prison time now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that abortion rights are not protected by the Constitution. ...

Ex-Argentine officer faces trial in Miami in massacre case

Jun. 24, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Argentine navy officer goes on trial Monday in Miami for his alleged role in a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland. Roberto Guillermo Bravo, who has lived in the U.S. for decades, is the only former Argentine military officer accused of taking...