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Northwest Oklahoma prison lockdown lifted after inmate fight

Aug. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

HELENA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the lock down of a northwest Oklahoma prison has ended and more than a dozen inmates were transferred after fights that injured four inmates this past week. The agency said in a news release that the lock down was lifted Friday morning after...

Escaped inmate returned to Florida jail

Aug. 24, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

MILTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have found an inmate who escaped from a Florida jail. Thirty-one year-old Michael Anthony Perkins was unloading a food truck early Saturday morning when authorities say he escaped from the Escambia County Jail. Deputies searched the area with K-9 teams. He was found near Big...

San Diego prison riot involved 80 inmates, left 5 injured

Aug. 24, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California authorities say a riot at a state prison in San Diego involved about 80 inmates and left five men with injuries that required hospitalization. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says no guards were hurt in the incident that began with a fight Friday night in a yard...

Wrongly convicted man celebrates freedom

Aug. 24, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man who went to prison as a teenager convicted of murder and came out as a grandfather with no charges against him says he's getting to know the family that's new to him. The Daily Reflector in Greenville reports a celebration was held Friday for Dontae Sharpe, the 44-year-old man...

The Latest: 6 injured in San Diego prison riot

Aug. 24, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a riot at a California prison (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Authorities now say at least six inmates have been injured, two seriously, in a riot at a state prison in San Diego. Cal Fire San Diego Capt. Thomas Shoots says the riot erupted shortly after 8 p.m. in a yard at...

5 injured in San Diego prison riot

Aug. 24, 2019 12:58 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say at least five inmates have been injured in a prison riot in San Diego. KFMB-TV, citing Cal Fire San Diego, says that about 100 inmates were in a yard at Richard J. Donovan Correction Facility when fighting broke out at about 9 p.m. Friday. There's no immediate word on the...

Correctional officer charged with sexual misconduct

Aug. 23, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois correctional officer is on administrative leave after being accused of sexual misconduct involving female inmates. Illinois State Police say Chet L. Shaffer of Thompsonville was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, official...

2 South Dakota state prison inmates placed on escape status

Aug. 23, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say two South Dakota state prison inmates are being sought after they left their community service job site in Pierre. Prison officials say Tahnasha Stricker and Christy First In Trouble took a silver or gray Dodge Dakota pickup from the site. They have been placed on escape...

Prison construction proposal inches forward

Aug. 23, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is inching forward with a plan to build three new prisons. The Alabama Department of Corrections on Monday will open company responses to a "request for qualifications" from firms interested in building the proposed new prisons. A spokeswoman for Gov. Kay Ivey said the state...

Oklahoma prison locked down after melees lead to injuries

Aug. 23, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Okla. (AP) — The Department of Corrections locked down a northwest Oklahoma prison and transferred more than a dozen inmates after skirmishes erupted this week that left four inmates wounded. The agency said in a news release Friday that two inmates at the James Crabtree Correctional Center were...