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Congress, court pressure New York City to fix jails crisis

Sep. 24, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City faced mounting pressure Friday to solve its spiraling jail crisis, with members of Congress calling for a federal civil rights investigation and a court-appointed monitor blasting the city for a failure of leadership amid staggering violence, self-harm and the...

Dutch court jails 'incorrigible' thief over 2 museum heists

Sep. 24, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A 59-year-old man, described as an “incorrigible and calculating criminal” was convicted Friday of stealing a painting by Vincent van Gogh and another by Frans Hals from two Dutch museums last year, and sentenced to the maximum eight years in prison. ...

Officials: halfway house key to reducing inmate recidivism

Sep. 24, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State and local officials on Friday applauded the expansion of a Columbus halfway house for newly released inmates as an important tool in reducing prisoner recidivism. The $25 million expansion and renovation of Alvis, a treatment and transitional...

Officials: Several inmates overdose at Louisville jail

Sep. 24, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials at Louisville's jail responded to a series of overdoses Friday morning that sent five inmates to the hospital. Officers were called to a women's dorm at Louisville Metro Corrections around 5 a.m. on Friday and found three women...

Jailbreak shines light on mass incarceration of Palestinians

Sep. 24, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The cinematic escape of six prisoners who tunneled out of an Israeli penitentiary earlier this month shone a light on Israel's mass incarceration of Palestinians, one of the many bitter fruits of the conflict. Hundreds of thousands of...

Ivey special session call focused on prison construction

Sep. 23, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday issued the call for next week’s special session that largely focuses on prison construction as the chief response to the state’s longstanding problems in corrections. Ivey is calling lawmakers back to...

Georgia inmate convicted of murdering 2 Georgia guards

Sep. 23, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

EATONTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia inmate was found guilty of murder Thursday in the slayings of two prison guards shot during a bloody escape in 2017, leaving the jury to decide next whether the crime warrants a death sentence. The Putnam County jury took just a few hours...

Census: Rethinking how to count people in dorms, prisons

Sep. 23, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

Following a 2020 census in which the pandemic made access to group housing difficult, Census Bureau officials said Thursday they are going to reassess how they count people living in dorms, prisons and nursing homes in the next head count of every U.S. resident in 2030. ...

The jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself is crumbling

Sep. 23, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Inside the notorious federal jail in Lower Manhattan, small chunks of concrete fall from the ceiling. Freezing temperatures force inmates to stuff old coronavirus face masks into vents to try to stop the cold air. One cell is off-limits because the door...

Sheriff: 12 inmates now charged in South Carolina jail riot

Sep. 22, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

A total of a dozen inmates are now facing charges after a South Carolina jail riot in which two guards were held hostage and injured. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced charges against 10 inmates during a news conference Wednesday in Columbia. Two other men were...