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US judge may require vaccines for California prison staff

Jul. 29, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday said he will consider ordering all California prison employees and inmate firefighters to be vaccinated as the state tries to head off another coronavirus infection surge driven by the more contagious delta variant. ...

Is Biden overlooking Bureau of Prisons as reform target?

Jul. 29, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden took quick action after his inauguration to start shifting federal inmates out of privately run prisons, where complaints of abuses abound. “It is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in...

Groups say Myanmar journalists in peril amid crackdown

Jul. 28, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Journalists in Myanmar face extreme peril as the military-controlled government cracks down on independent reporting, human rights and media advocates say. The government installed by the military in a Feb. 1 takeover has criminalized many aspects of...

Germany charges Syrian doctor with crimes against humanity

Jul. 28, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian doctor has been charged in Germany with crimes against humanity for allegedly torturing people in military hospitals in his homeland and killing one of them, German federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe...

Prosecutor: No charges in jail death due to poor training

Jul. 26, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor decided Monday not to charge two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing, calling the guards' videotaped actions “damning,” but not against the law. ...

Youth inmates' attitudes worsening, staff feels 'defeated'

Jul. 26, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Children held at Wisconsin's troubled youth prison are growing more frustrated with their treatment and staff seem defeated, according to a court-appointed monitor's latest appraisal of conditions at the facility. The state Department of Corrections...

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

Jul. 23, 2021 19:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day on Friday and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health figures. The...

Federal report finds problems with immigrants in custody

Jul. 23, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jail is correcting seven problems found by federal investigators looking into how it handles immigrants in custody. Inspections of the Adams County Correctional Center, which is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in...

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Jul. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many...

Nurse who gave Iowa inmates vaccine overdoses appeals firing

Jul. 22, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of two Iowa prison nurses fired for accidentally giving dozens of inmates large overdoses of the coronavirus vaccine is appealing her termination, arguing she is “blameless" for the mix-up. The Iowa Department of Corrections fired Amanda...