Latest Prisoners' health News

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...

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...

California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

Oct. 15, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

The Latest: Vaccine mandate for Calif. prison guards blocked

Oct. 13, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California judge has partially blocked an order taking effect this week that requires state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. A Kern County judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the...

Judge blocks vaccination mandate for California prisons

Oct. 13, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of...

Inmates complain of conditions amid lockdown at Maine jail

Oct. 09, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

Coronavirus developments around New England: ___ MAINE Inmates at a Maine jail that has imposed a near-total lockdown because of a coronavirus outbreak and staffing shortages say the conditions are taking a toll on their mental...

Nevada among last states to add rapid tests to virus tally

Oct. 09, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada this week became one of the last states to publicly report rapid antigen tests as part of its coronavirus tallies — a move that experts said could provide a fuller picture of the pandemic but also upend metrics used to gauge how the virus is spreading. ...

China: 2 Canadians in prisoner swap freed for health reasons

Sep. 27, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s Foreign Ministry said Monday that two Canadians detained in late 2019 who were allowed to return to Canada in a prisoner swap were released on bail for health reasons. A ministry spokesperson made the comment as Beijing sought to...

Federal judge requires vaccines for California prison staff

Sep. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San...