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Police search for 3 teens who escaped detention facility

Jan. 16, 2022 14:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police were searching Sunday for three teens who escaped from a detention facility in Nashville, Tennessee, authorities said. The group of teens reportedly overpowered a guard at the Youth Opportunity juvenile detention facility Saturday night and left on...

Some inmates transferred to new Marion County jail

Jan. 15, 2022 16:32 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marion County jail officials have started transferring inmates to a new $600 million jail and court complex on Indianapolis' east side. Two vans of detainees were taken Saturday morning to the Community Justice Campus, The Indianapolis Star reported. ...

Oath Keepers leader jailed on Capitol attack charges

Jan. 14, 2022 17:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group remained in jail after his first court appearance on Friday, a day after his arrest on charges he plotted with others to attack the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020...

Network helping ex-inmates stay out of jail gets $750K grant

Jan. 14, 2022 16:27 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston nonprofit that convenes resources to help people who have been in jail or prison to stay out has gotten a $750,000 federal grant. The Maine Prisoner Reentry Network will use the funds from the U.S. Department of Justice to expand its work, the Bangor...

Colorado escapee sought in New Mexico case caught in Arizona

Jan. 14, 2022 16:16 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who escaped from a Colorado jail in late December and who was sought in the subsequent non-fatal shooting of a New Mexico police officer a week ago was arrested Friday in Arizona, police said. Phoenix police got a tip and arrested Elias Buck, 22, of Durango...

Federal judge declines to halt upcoming Oklahoma executions

Jan. 14, 2022 15:07 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Friday declined to temporarily halt the executions of two Oklahoma inmates who are scheduled to die in the coming weeks. In his order, U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot wrote that inmates Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle were not likely to...

Murder convict who escaped prison 3 times dies in custody

Jan. 14, 2022 14:10 PM EST

WARREN, Maine (AP) — A man convicted of murder in Maine who escaped from prison three times has died in custody. Arnold Nash, 68, died on Thursday at Maine State Prison in Warren, the Maine Department of Corrections said. The state attorney general's office and medical examiner's...

Bill would require Senate confirmation for US prison chief

Jan. 14, 2022 11:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after the head of the troubled federal Bureau of Prisons said he was resigning amid increased scrutiny over his leadership, lawmakers have introduced a bill to require Senate confirmation for future bureau directors — the same process used to vet leaders of the FBI and...

California suspends some disability claims, citing fraud

Jan. 13, 2022 20:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After stealing the identities of death row inmates and even a sitting U.S. senator to make off with billions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment benefits during the pandemic, scammers have now moved on to impersonating doctors to dupe California officials into giving...

Appeals court: Illinois counties must end ICE contracts

Jan. 13, 2022 18:51 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled two counties that hold immigrant detainees at local jails must terminate contracts with federal authorities starting Thursday. Leaders in Kankakee and McHenry counties sued over an Illinois law aimed at ending immigration detention...