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Recaptured Alabama escapee ordered to provide DNA sample

May. 20, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A capital murder suspect who authorities say went on the lam for 10 days with the help of an Alabama jail official was ordered to provide a DNA sample to prosecutors. Lauderdale County District Judge Carole C. Medley did not cite a reason why the sample was...

Bill pushes feds to notify families of sick, dying inmates

May. 20, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New legislation introduced in the Senate would require the Justice Department to establish guidelines for the federal Bureau of Prisons and state correctional systems to notify the families of incarcerated people if their loved one has a serious illness, a life-threatening...

Texas inmate who escaped bus got out of restraints, cage

May. 18, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

CENTERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped from a prison transport bus in Texas last week got out of his restraints and a cage before stabbing the driver, and he is still on the run Wednesday, authorities said. Gonzalo Lopez, 46, who was serving a life sentence, was...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 18, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. May 17, 2022. Editorial: A Plan For Angry White Men Whenever a racially motivated crime attracts national attention, it’s not too hard to find a link that involves Mississippi. And sure enough, after this past weekend’s...

'Pharma Bro' Shkreli freed from prison for halfway house

May. 18, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was freed Wednesday from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company. His attorney, Ben Brafman, said Shkreli, 39, was released...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

May. 18, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

Dothan Eagle. May 14, 2022. Editorial: Should Alabama borrow $85 million for state parks? On the May 24 Primary Election ballots, voters are asked to weigh in on Statewide Amendment 1, which would amend the state constitution to authorize state officials to issue $85...

Inmate stopped from escaping through hospital ceiling tiles

May. 18, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Corrections workers in Maine thwarted an attempt by an inmate to escape from custody through bathroom ceiling tiles when he was at a hospital. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said the inmate tried to climb through the ceiling tiles at Maine Medical...

Uyghur county in China has highest prison rate in the world

May. 16, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows. A list obtained and partially...

Feds seek prison for rioter in 'Camp Auschwitz' sweatshirt

May. 16, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended a prison sentence of more than two months for a Virginia man who stormed the U.S. Capitol wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt. Photographs of Robert Keith Packer wearing the sweatshirt with the antisemitic message went viral after the...

Alabama inmate convicted of murder captured after escape

May. 16, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of murder in west Alabama more than a decade ago was captured Monday a day after escaping from a minimum-security corrections center near Mobile, prison officials said. Jeffery Strugg, 31, was discovered missing from community-based facility in...