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3 sentenced for violence at Virginia white nationalist rally

Jul. 19, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three members of a white supremacist group were sentenced Friday to between two and three years in prison for punching, kicking and choking anti-racism protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia and political rallies in California. Members of the now-defunct Rise Above...

3K federal inmates released under criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 19, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,100 federal inmates were being released Friday by the Bureau of Prisons as part of a criminal justice overhaul signed into law last year. The First Step Act gives judges more discretion in sentencing, eases mandatory minimum sentences and encourages inmates to participate in...

Report: Texas jail officers didn't make inmate checks

Jul. 18, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A special inspection conducted at a Texas for-profit jail following an inmate's death in March found that officers weren't doing required cell checks even though their paperwork said otherwise, according to documents. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards concluded in an April...

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Jul. 17, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican drug kingpin and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced Wednesday to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, expressing no remorse over his conviction for a massive drug conspiracy that spread murder and mayhem for more than two decades. Instead, a defiant Guzman took a...

Prosecutors seek prison terms for Virginia rally attackers

Jul. 17, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

Hatred for Jews, blacks and feminists motivated three members of a white supremacist group to attack counterprotesters at a rally for far-right extremists in Virginia, federal prosecutors argue in seeking stricter sentences for the men this week. Justice Department prosecutors recommend prison sentences ranging...

The Latest: Iran FM says US sanctions 'economic terrorism'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister is telling a United Nations gathering that U.S. sanctions against his country amount to what he calls "economic terrorism."...

British-Iranian woman held in Iran moved to psychiatric ward

Jul. 17, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental health facility, her husband said Wednesday. Richard Ratcliffe said in Britain that his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been moved to the mental health ward of Iman Khomeini hospital under the control of...

LA County to pay $53M over strip searches of female inmates

Jul. 16, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County will pay $53 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged tens of thousands of women were given invasive group strip searches at a jail, according to court filings Tuesday. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of former inmates who said they were placed in...

Police: 2 homicide suspects escape jail, crash stolen car

Jul. 16, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

TROY, Mo. (AP) — Two high-profile homicide suspects are being treated for injuries after using a makeshift saw to escape from a Missouri jail , carjacking a vehicle and leading police on a chase before crashing. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the federal inmates were being housed at the Lincoln...

Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...