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This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

12-year sentence for jail phone is 'failure,' justice says

Jan. 16, 2020 7:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court's confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves reacts to a question during a news conference regarding his establishing a diverse group of experienced Mississippians to help with a nationwide search for a new Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) commissioner, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor: Prison violence was a 'catastrophe'

Jan. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's new governor said Thursday that the state will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that's reckoning with what he called a “catastrophe” — a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with...

Florida bill would take new look at drug crime sentencing

Jan. 16, 2020 2:31 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could ease penalties for possessing small amounts of drugs and eliminate some mandatory minimum sentences for drug dealers under a strict set of circumstances under a bill unanimously approved by a Senate committee Thursday. Republican Sen. Rob Bradley said he's sponsoring...

South Carolina authorities capture escaped teenage inmate

Jan. 16, 2020 2:22 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 16-year-old inmate who escaped from a South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice facility on Wednesday has been captured and returned to custody. The teenager was found around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) away from the Columbia facility he escaped...

Juvenile corrections officer accused of sex with parolee

Jan. 16, 2020 1:14 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A female Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections officer has been fired and arrested after authorities say she had sex with a male teenage offender now on parole. Officials say another corrections officer on Jan. 5 accused 25-year-old Imarie Waller of having a relationship with the...

Cypriot Kevork Tontian, right, and Brazilian Wemson Gabral da Costa talk during an interview inside Cyprus' prison complex in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Former heroin addict Kevork Tontian says he met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with behind bars, and not even his freedom was enough to keep him away from Wemson Gabral da Costa. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Gay inmates tie the knot inside Cyprus prison

Jan. 16, 2020 12:49 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Former heroin addict Kevork Tontian met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with behind bars. And not even his freedom was enough to keep him away from Wemson Gabral da Costa. Tontian, a Cypriot, says that after being released from Cyprus' central prisons complex two...

Inmate gets 6 months for escaping custody at reentry center

Jan. 16, 2020 12:41 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal inmate who fled a Waterloo residential reentry center as he neared the end of his prison time was sentenced Thursday to six more months in prison, prosecutors said. Franklin Foster, 27, had pleaded guilty in October to escaping from custody. He was sentenced in U.S....

Phoenix man sentenced in fatal smuggling attempt

Jan. 16, 2020 12:04 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix man who rolled his truck during a high speed chase trying to escape law enforcement with 11 immigrants on board was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison in the death of one migrant, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said Andrew...

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department shows Erik Quiroz Razo. Quiroz Razo who was in the United States illegally was sentenced to 21 months in prison Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, for helping a suspect try to escape to his native Mexico after officials say he killed a California police officer. Quiroz Razo had faced a maximum of five years in prison for aiding Paulo Virgen Mendoza. (Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Man sentenced for aiding suspect after officer's slaying

Jan. 15, 2020 11:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who was in the United States illegally was sentenced to 21 months in prison Wednesday for helping a suspect try to escape to his native Mexico after officials say he killed a California police officer. Erik Quiroz Razo, 28, of Merced, had faced a maximum of five years in...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John Gardner. Gardner a Texas inmate with a history of violence against women faces execution for fatally shooting his wife, who had repeatedly told friends and family she would never get out of her marriage alive. Gardner is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday Jan. 15, 2019 for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas inmate executed for killing wife in 2005

Jan. 15, 2020 8:08 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate with a history of violence against women was executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. John Gardner, 64, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the...