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5 dead, 750 escape in rebel attack on eastern Congo prison

Aug. 10, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — At least five people, including two policemen, were killed in an attack on a prison in which about 750 inmates escaped in Congo’s eastern Butembo town, local officials said Wednesday. Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces attacked the Kakwangura prison early...

Evers administration picks site for new youth prison

Aug. 09, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials in Gov. Tony Evers' administration have moved a step closer toward replacing the state's troubled youth prison, announcing Tuesday that they've picked a site in Milwaukee for a new facility. The existing youth prison, a combination facility for boys...

Personal information of some in jails possibly compromised

Aug. 09, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Staff at Multnomah County jails shared personal and medical information belonging to hundreds of people who were incarcerated, officials said. A statement from the county said names, dates of birth and photos — as well as medical information like diagnoses...

Oklahoma prisons director who oversaw executions retiring

Aug. 08, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow, who helped oversee the state's return to carrying out the death penalty after a nearly seven-year hiatus, announced Monday he's stepping down. In a statement announcing his resignation, Crow did not cite a...

Kansas inmate's death investigated as apparent homicide

Aug. 08, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a Kansas prison as an apparent homicide. The Kansas Department of Corrections said in a news release that 56-year-old Fred Patterson III died Sunday at the Lansing Correctional Facility. He had been there...

4 escaped inmates from Mississippi back in custody

Aug. 06, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four men who escaped from a Mississippi jail are back in custody nearly 24 hours after they escaped, authorities said Saturday. Captured Friday night at a gas station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were Antonio Reyes, Samuel Sims and Hunter Wiginton as well as...

Senate to hold hearing on crisis-plagued federal prisons

Aug. 05, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday he plans to hold an oversight hearing on the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons after The Associated Press reported that the agency is keeping its embattled ex-director on the payroll as an adviser to his...

Lawyer: Arbery shooter fears he'll be killed in state prison

Aug. 05, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The white man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing the running Black man in a Georgia neighborhood says he fears he will be killed by fellow inmates if he's sent to a state prison to serve a life sentence for murder. Travis McMichael, 36, faces...

Authorities: 4 inmates flee after cutting hole in jail roof

Aug. 05, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

CORINTH, Miss (AP) — Four men escaped from a Mississippi jail early Friday by cutting a hole in the facility's roof, authorities said. Security camera footage shows the inmates running east from the prison toward the National Guard Armory in Corinth around 2 a.m., said Alcorn...

Judge to decide if firing squad or electric chair is cruel

Aug. 05, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Whether South Carolina can start executing prisoners again either with a firing squad or electric chair is now in the hands of a judge after a trial over whether shooting or electrocuting inmates is cruel and unusual punishment banned by the U.S. Constitution. ...