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Former Alabama corrections supervisor indicted in beating

Sep. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama corrections supervisor was indicted for failing to stop a sergeant under his command from kicking and beating a handcuffed inmate, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Federal prosecutors announced the indictment of 39-year-old Willie Burks, who was a lieutenant...

New Mexico court says prison settlements are public records

Sep. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico appellate court has determined that settlement agreements reached between a prison health care contractor and its patients are public records. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Court of Appeals upheld a judge's decision that prison settlements are public...

Weapons, phones, drugs found after Oklahoma prison fights

Sep. 18, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials said Wednesday that numerous weapons, cellphones and drugs have been found by investigators following a series of apparently coordinated fights at six state prisons that left one inmate dead, dozens injured and prisons statewide locked down....

Prison inmate back in custody after leaving SD work center

Sep. 17, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota corrections officials say a prison inmate is back in custody. Authorities say Randy High Horse was arrested Tuesday in Minnehaha County and is in jail. High Horse left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center without permission on Saturday. The 46-year-old High Horse is...

US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Working on drug recovery inside correctional facilities

Sep. 17, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Hope can be hard to come by for Patricia Branley but while attending a recent Turning Point training for recovery coaches, she learned of a program available to incarcerated people in all six correctional facilities. She has now encouraged her son, who is expected to remain in jail...

Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates may be released under new law

Sep. 17, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New criminal justice guidelines will likely make hundreds of Oklahoma inmates eligible for accelerated release from prison, according to the executive director of the state Pardon and Parole Board. The board's staff is working with the Department of Corrections to ensure a single-stage...

Review of shelter data finds high numbers of ex-convicts

Sep. 17, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly half the people entering homeless shelters in Connecticut in the past three years have spent time in a state prison or jail at some point in their life, according to data collected by the state. The prevalence of former inmates at shelters highlights challenges many of them...

2 dead, 1 hurt in suspected drug overdose at Florida prison

Sep. 17, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Officials say two inmates have died and another was injured in a suspected drug overdose at a Florida prison. A Florida Department of Corrections news release says the three inmates were found unresponsive Saturday afternoon at Columbia Correctional Institution Annex in Lake City....

California youth prisons chief departs, cites health reasons

Sep. 16, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of California's juvenile prison system is leaving just as the state shifts to a greater focus on rehabilitation. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that Chuck Supple, who supported the shift, is leaving immediately, citing health reasons. He appointed career juvenile...