Latest Treatment of prisoners News

Amnesty: Egypt should investigate death of inmate

Aug. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The rights group Amnesty International is urging Egyptian authorities to carry out an impartial investigation into the death of an inmate at Egypt's most notorious prison amid torture allegations. The London-based group said in a statement Friday that 30-year-old Hossam Hamed was found dead...

Watchdog warns of 'alarming' conditions in Nebraska prison

Aug. 21, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest prison faces "alarming" conditions driven by staffing shortages, record overtime and inmates who are secretly using synthetic drugs and contraband cellphones, according to the state's watchdog for correctional services. The state's Inspector General of Corrections...

Mysterious death in custody has family seeking answers

Aug. 19, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Carmen Riley bent over her unconscious son, looked into his eyes and knew. It didn't take a mother's intuition or a doctor's prognosis to figure out that Ty'rique was gone. Several days earlier, 21-year-old Ty'rique Riley had been jailed after an altercation with his father. Now he...

US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

Aug. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position Monday, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Hugh Hurwitz's reassignment comes amid mounting evidence that guards at the...

Heather Locklear pleads no contest to fighting with deputies

Aug. 16, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Heather Locklear has pleaded no contest to charges that she fought with first responders during two visits to her Southern California home last year. Locklear entered the plea in Ventura County court Friday afternoon to five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of battery...

The Latest: Epstein lawyers dissatisfied with autopsy result

Aug. 16, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein's death (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Lawyers for financier Jeffrey Epstein say they're dissatisfied with the medical examiner's conclusions and plan to view prison videos themselves from a facility operating under "medieval conditions." Three...

For inmates like Epstein, suicide watch is meant to be short

Aug. 14, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Suicide is such a constant concern at federal jails that guards have ready access to "the stick," a wooden pole with a sharpened blade at the end that's used to cut down inmates if they try to hang themselves with bedsheets. That's believed to be exactly how Jeffrey Epstein took his life...

Brazil court says amnesty law doesn't cover ex-soldier

Aug. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For the first time in Brazil, a federal appeals court has ruled that torture committed during the country's military dictatorship does not fall under an amnesty law. Lawyers said Wednesday's decision reverses a previous ruling based on Brazil's amnesty law, but could be overruled in...

US judge orders parole changes for juveniles jailed for life

Aug. 14, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered sweeping changes to how Missouri's parole board treats prisoners sentenced to life behind bars for crimes they committed as children or teenagers. U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey this month ordered new parole hearings for prisoners previously...

The Latest: Missouri prison officials to follow parole order

Aug. 14, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's ruling on parole for Missouri inmates sentenced to life behind bars for crimes they committed as juveniles (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Missouri prison officials say they will comply with a federal judge's sweeping order to change how the state...