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Norway mass killer seeks parole 10 years after attacks

Jan. 18, 2022 13:21 PM EST

SKIEN, Norway (AP) — Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian far-right fanatic who killed 77 people in bomb-and-gun massacres in 2011, argued Tuesday for an early release from prison, telling a parole judge he had renounced violence even as he professed white supremacist views and flashed Nazi...

Murphy taps acting prisons head Kuhn to lead corrections

Jan. 13, 2022 14:30 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy nominated acting Corrections Commissioner Victoria Kuhn on Thursday to fulfill the role that's been empty since her embattled predecessor stepped down in June. Kuhn has worked at the department since 2007, serving most recently as...

Inmates sue prison, alleging unprovoked beatings by guards

Jan. 11, 2022 16:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Several current and former inmates of color at a maximum security prison in Massachusetts have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were subjected to violent beatings by guards in retaliation for a previous assault on a corrections officer by prisoners. The lawsuit...

Israel weighs extending detention of sick Palestinian teen

Jan. 10, 2022 13:12 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is considering whether to extend the detention of a 17-year-old Palestinian with a rare neuromuscular disorder who has been held without charge for nearly a year in what authorities refer to as administrative detention, his father said Monday. The use of...

DOJ: Connecticut violates rights of youth inmates at Manson

Dec. 21, 2021 15:59 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that its investigation into Connecticut's Manson Youth Institution found the state's Correction Department has been violating the civil rights of incarcerated children. The investigation stemmed from a 2019 report by the state Office...

Japan hangs 3 in first use of capital punishment in 2 years

Dec. 21, 2021 04:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan hanged three death-row inmates on Tuesday, its first executions in two years, amid growing criticism by human rights groups of the country's use of the death penalty. One of the three, Yasutaka Fujishiro, was convicted of killing seven people and setting fire to...

Jury awards $500K to inmate who accused guard of groping him

Dec. 15, 2021 13:05 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal court jury has awarded $500,000 in punitive damages to an inmate who accused a Delaware prison guard of sexually assaulting him during a pat down in 2014. After a two-day trial, the jury on Tuesday found that Sergeant William Kuschel violated the Eighth...

Myanmar journalist reported to have died in army custody

Dec. 14, 2021 11:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A local freelance photojournalist in Myanmar has died in military custody after being arrested last week while covering protests, colleagues and a friend of his family said Tuesday. Soe Naing is the first journalist known to have died in custody since the army seized...

Palestinians freed after hunger strikes have lifelong damage

Dec. 10, 2021 06:00 AM EST

SILAT AL-DHAHR, West Bank (AP) — A year after being released from an Israeli prison following a 103-day hunger strike, Maher al-Akhras is barely able to walk. Frequent bouts of dizziness and sensitivity to noise mean he can neither enjoy social occasions nor return to work on his ancestral farm...

Saudi activist sues 3 former U.S. officials over hacking

Dec. 09, 2021 14:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi political activist who pushed to end a ban on women driving in her country, is suing three former U.S. intelligence and military officials she says helped hack her cellphone so a foreign government could spy on her before she was...