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AP Exclusive: DOJ would take halted executions to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours after a district court judge temporarily...

The Latest: US may take federal execution case to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on federal executions (all times local): 6 p.m. Attorney General William Barr tells The Associated Press he will take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours...

Missouri jail escapee captured in makeshift hut in Delaware

Nov. 21, 2019 5:28 PM EST

PRINCETON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped twice from a Missouri jail was captured more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) away in Delaware where he was living in a makeshift hut in a wooded area. The U.S. Marshals Service says in a news release that 27-year-old Drake Kately, of Kansas...

Lawsuit: NY prisoners punished over false drug results

Nov. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New York state prisoners were wrongly subjected to sometimes harsh punishments after drug tests erroneously showed that they had used narcotics while incarcerated, according to a federal class action lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday against the manufacturer of the...

US asked to probe test of unapproved implants on inmates

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration is being called to investigate a short-lived pilot program that sought to treat inmates with anti-addiction implants never approved by federal regulators. The Advocate reports advocacy group Public Citizen requested the probe in a...

Officers, inmates testify in Tennessee prison escape hearing

Nov. 20, 2019 6:57 PM EST

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate charged with killing a corrections administrator and escaping prison was seen riding a tractor by guards and a fellow prisoner before a search for him began, according to testimony presented Wednesday during a court hearing. Curtis Ray Watson appeared before a judge...

Families of inmates who died, hurt at jail seek answers

Nov. 20, 2019 10:12 AM EST

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — Families of inmates who died or were seriously injured at a small Ohio county jail in the last year are seeking answers about what happened to their loved ones. Records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with former inmates and family members of deceased prisoners show...

Families of inmates who died, hurt at jail seek answers

Nov. 20, 2019 6:08 AM EST

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (AP) — Families of inmates who died or were seriously injured at a small Ohio county jail in the last year are seeking answers about what happened to their loved ones. Records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with former inmates and family members of deceased prisoners show...

As Epstein died, guards allegedly shopped online and slept

Nov. 19, 2019 9:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself were sleeping and browsing the internet instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday charging the guards with lying on prison records to cover themselves. The grand jury indictment provides a...

Report: Mississippi laws cause ‘extreme’ prison sentences

Nov. 19, 2019 3:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionally affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy...