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Alabama lawmakers OK plan to build prisons with virus cash

Oct. 01, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Amid a national debate over the use of pandemic relief funds, Alabama lawmakers swiftly approved a plan Friday to tap $400 million from the American Rescue Plan to help build two super-size prisons, brushing off criticism from congressional Democrats that the money...

Quality of Mississippi prison water at center of dispute

Sep. 10, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longstanding problems with water and sewer systems are endangering inmates' health at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, two groups said Friday. Southern Poverty Law Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council said state agencies...

Immigrant detentions soar despite Biden’s campaign promises

Aug. 05, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Alexander Martinez says he fled from homophobia, government persecution and the notorious MS-13 gang in El Salvador only to run into abuse and harassment in America’s immigration detention system. Since crossing the border illegally in April, the...

Boise police remove 'Proud Boys' flags from Idaho interstate

Jul. 30, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Boise Police Department says officers removed flags emblazoned with the emblem of the neo-fascist Proud Boys organization after someone hung them from several overpasses on a busy Idaho interstate. Police spokesperson Haley Williams told the ...

Report: Hate crime laws lack uniformity across the US

Jul. 28, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections. The report, first...