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Georgia inmates crawl down drain pipe, escape custody

Aug. 16, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped custody by climbing down a drain pipe in front of a county sheriff's office. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports Troup County Jail officials noticed 28-year-olds Thomas Christopher Cuddington and Eric Calvin Bell missing...

Inmate facing new charges in prison guard's hammer death

Aug. 16, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A man in prison for murder has been indicted in the death of a Minnesota prison guard who was killed with a hammer. A grand jury returned the indictment on first-degree murder charges Tuesday against Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42. He's accused of killing Department of Corrections...

Scottish neo-Nazi jailed for 12 years for bomb-making bid

Aug. 16, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish man with far-right views has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to build a bomb that prosecutors say could have caused carnage. A search of Peter Morgan's home found explosive substances, propellants, fireworks and a bottle with ball bearings and nail-gun...

The Latest: Death sentences upheld in home-invasion killings

Aug. 16, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an appeal in a death-penalty case (all times local): 11 a.m. The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a death row inmate' convictions and sentences in the shooting deaths of a man and his 9-year-old daughter during a 2009 home invasion. Jason Eugene Bush was one of two...

Settlement in California suit over treatment of LGBT inmates

Aug. 16, 2018 9:42 AM EDT

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department have agreed to settle a lawsuit over the treatment of LGBTQ inmates in county jails. The lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2014 claimed LGBTQ inmates were held in cells up to 23 hours a day and...

Arizona court to rule on appeal in 2 home-invasion killings

Aug. 16, 2018 1:45 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled Thursday to rule on a death row inmate's appeal in the shooting deaths of a man and his 9-year-old daughter during a 2009 home invasion. Jason Eugene Bush was one of two people sentenced to death for the killings of 29-year-old Raul "Junior" Flores and...

Ex-union boss at Rikers Island jail convicted of corruption

Aug. 15, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former union boss who was once thought of as the king of New York City's jails may be headed to federal prison after a jury convicted him of corruption charges Wednesday. The Manhattan jury returned its verdict against Norman Seabrook months after another jury deadlocked on the charges...

Officials unveil plan to replace Rikers with smaller jails

Aug. 15, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to replace the notorious Rikers Island jail complex with four smaller lockups located in densely populated neighborhoods, including turning an Art Deco government building that went up in lower Manhattan in 1930 into a tower for up to...

The Latest: Ex-union boss at NY jail convicted of corruption

Aug. 15, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the trial of the former head of New York City's jail guard union (all times local): 5 p.m. A former union official who was once thought of as the king of New York City's jails may be headed to federal prison. A jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted Norman Seabrook of honest...

Ex-leader of troubled prison gets new corrections system job

Aug. 15, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former superintendent of a troubled state prison has a new job in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Jacquelyn Banks has been named acting director of private and regional facilities and joint state and county work programs Corrections Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall made the...