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Hawaii inmate dies at Arizona prison with COVID-19 outbreak

Oct. 31, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii inmate has died at a privately owned prison in Arizona that has experienced an outbreak of the coronavirus, Hawaii officials said. A 61-year-old man was found unresponsive in his bed at the Saguaro Correctional Center on Thursday morning and was pronounced dead shortly afterward,...

Guard, 11 inmates hurt in Corrections Department bus crash

Oct. 30, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

CONEWAGO, Pa. (AP) — A state Department of Corrections bus that was carrying 38 inmates was involved in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Friday, leaving a corrections officer and 11 inmates with minor injuries. State police said the crash in the turnpike's eastbound lanes in Conewago Township...

5 deaths at Wisconsin prisons as virus rages across state

Oct. 30, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases in Wisconsin hit another record high on Friday, as the state confirmed for the first time that five people have died within the prison system. Wisconsin's death toll approached 2,000 with 1,972 dead and more than 220,000 total positive...

Ex-fugitive gets life for California kidnappings, torture

Oct. 30, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former pot grower and jail escapee convicted in the kidnapping and torture of a marijuana dispensary owner in Southern California eight years ago was sentenced Friday to life in prison. Hossein Nayeri was ordered to serve two consecutive life terms without the possibility of...

More cases of virus reported among Nebraska prisons staff

Oct. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More cases of coronavirus are being reported among Nebraska prison system staffers, according to information from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. The department said in a news release Thursday night that three staff members had tested positive — one each at the...

'Overwhelmed': Texas county halts non-essential activities

Oct. 29, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso County officials ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities Thursday after the area's medical resources were overwhelmed by the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. County Judge Ricardo Samaniego announced the measure during a virtual news conference Thursday....

This photo provided by the Norton Telegram shows the Andbe Home, a privately owned nursing home facility in Norton, Kan., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A coronavirus outbreak has killed 10 residents in the nursing home. The health department in Norton County reported Monday night that all of the remaining 52 residents and an unspecified number of employees had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. (Dana M. Paxton/Norton Telegram via AP)

Troubled Kansas nursing home removed from Medicare program

Oct. 29, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A nursing home where every resident has tested positive for the coronavirus in a rural Kansas county with the state’s highest infection rate has been warned that federal officials are moving to remove it from the Medicare program, putting its funding at risk. A scathing report...

5 hurt in fight by 20 inmates at Folsom prison in California

Oct. 29, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

FOLSOM. Calif. (AP) — A fight at California's second-oldest state prison sent five inmates to the hospital Thursday with non-life threatening injuries, corrections officials said. About 20 inmates were involved in the fight that broke out during program activities in a medium-security housing unit at...

Mississippi investigating apparent suicide by inmate

Oct. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections said investigators are examining an apparent suicide by an inmate. Jamie L. Eaton, 28, was pronounced dead in his cell just before midnight Saturday at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton ruled...

Colorado inmate dies while being treated for virus symptoms

Oct. 29, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An inmate at a prison in southern Colorado died while being treated at a hospital after showing symptoms of the coronavirus, the state corrections department said Thursday. The 58-year-old man, who had been held at the Fremont Correctional Facility near Canon City, died Tuesday at Littleton...