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Mexican Mafia run jail crime like an 'illegal government'

May. 24, 2018 2:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who...

Mexican Mafia busted for running crime in LA County jails

May. 23, 2018 9:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who...

Federal court rules in favor of transgender Missouri inmate

May. 23, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal district court in St. Louis has ruled that the Missouri prison system must provide hormone therapy for a transgender inmate serving a murder sentence. The ruling Tuesday was in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Potosi Correctional Center inmate Jessica Hicklin. Hicklin, 39, is in...

Judge rejects Illinois corrections' mental health plan

May. 23, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections' plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12,000 inmates. Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Douglas Rees recommended a two-step plan to identify and provide additional care for inmates. But U.S. District...

Muslim inmates sue Alaska corrections officials over policy

May. 23, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Muslim inmates are suing state corrections officials, arguing that they are not provided adequate nourishment as they break their daily fasts during Ramadan at an Alaska jail. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Legal Defense Fund. It asks a...

The Latest: Alaska agency responds to Muslim inmate lawsuit

May. 23, 2018 3:10 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by Muslim inmates against Alaska corrections officials (all times local): 11:05 a.m. An Alaska corrections department spokeswoman says the department is doing its best to accommodate Muslim inmates during Ramadan. Megan Edge, in a statement, says the department...

The Latest: Mexican Mafia busted in Los Angeles County jails

May. 23, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on arrests and charges in Los Angeles against members of the Mexican Mafia gang (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 80 members of the violent Mexican Mafia gang with taking part in a conspiracy to run drugs and carry out violent assaults...

AP NewsAlert

May. 23, 2018 2:54 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 80 members of Mexican Mafia charged in conspiracy to run drugs, carry out violence ordered from LA County jails.

Walker appoints new corrections secretary

May. 23, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker appointed a new Department of Corrections secretary on Wednesday, the agency's third leader in less than three years as it struggles to recover from allegations of abuse at Wisconsin's youth prison. Walker announced in a news release that DOC Deputy Secretary Cathy...

Woman who shot Kansas abortion doctor moved to halfway house

May. 22, 2018 8:13 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An anti-abortion activist who shot and wounded a Kansas abortion doctor and firebombed clinics in Oregon and other states in the 1990s was released Tuesday from federal prison to a halfway house to finish her sentence, sparking fears for the safety of abortion clinic workers. The...