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Crowds outside Myanmar's prisons await freed detainees

Oct. 19, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of the army-installed government,...

Man found unresponsive in Seattle jail dies at hospital

Oct. 19, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 48-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell at the King County Jail in downtown Seattle and later died at Harborview Medical Center, according to the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on...

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 19, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

Crawford County inmate charged in another inmate's death

Oct. 18, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — A Crawford County jail inmate has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of another inmate, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Gavin P. Wood, 25, of Arma was charged after inmate Dante Martinez, 20, of Pittsburg died on...

Detainees go on rampage in state's juvenile detention center

Oct. 18, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Detainees broke windows and tore apart classrooms, offices and living spaces at the Long Creek Youth Development Center, prompting a call for help from local police, officials said Monday. It was bad enough that the South Portland Police...

Kansas inmates wait months for mental health treatment

Oct. 18, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Inmates with mental health issues are waiting months to get the medication and treatment they need to be deemed competent to assist in their own defense because a state hospital is so overtaxed. Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister said the...

Nebraska courts release group's prison overcrowding reports

Oct. 17, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's court system agreed to release a nonprofit group's analysis of state criminal justice data after the governor's office refused to release the information. The state's judicial branch released almost 100 pages of reports the nonprofit Crime...

2 men who had fled Oklahoma jail and prison back in custody

Oct. 17, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two men who had escaped from an Oklahoma county jail and a state prison in separate incidents have been found and returned to the facilities where they were being held, according to authorities. On Sunday, prison staff at the Dick Conner...

Man, 64, dies shortly after judge grants emergency release

Oct. 16, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man held at Rikers Island has died shortly after a judge granted him emergency release, the man's attorney said. The New York Post reported that 64-year-old Victor Mercado was the 13th person to die in the city's jail system in 2021. Mercado was held...

Louisiana will restart prison visits with COVID precautions

Oct. 16, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana prison system will again start allowing people to visit inmates, nearly three months after the visits were stopped because of the state's surge in COVID-19 cases. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said in a...