Latest Prisoners' health News

Connecticut facing growing cost of pandemic bonus pay

Nov. 28, 2022 23:14 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut program that offered “hero pay” to essential workers at the peak of of the coronavirus pandemic got so many applicants that state lawmakers had to go back into session Monday to provide extra funding and put new limits on who could get the biggest bonuses....

Appeals panel rules in favor of former Delaware inmate

Nov. 28, 2022 19:10 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has ruled in favor of a former Delaware prison inmate who claimed he was deprived of his constitutional rights by being placed into solitary confinement for a long period despite his mental illness. A three-judge panel ruled Monday...

South Carolina hospital wing becomes new inmate hospital

Nov. 25, 2022 19:43 PM EST

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A wing of an abandoned rural hospital in South Carolina's Chester County has been transformed into a health facility for inmates that could start accepting patients before the end of the year. The $3.3 million project by the state's Department of Corrections...

Wave of sex abuse lawsuits seen as NY opens door for victims

Nov. 22, 2022 00:33 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sexual assault victims in New York will get a one-time opportunity to sue over their abuse starting Thursday, under a new law expected to bring a wave of allegations against prison guards, middle managers, doctors and a few prominent figures including former President Donald...

Tenn. inmate's mutilation highlights prison mental care woes

Nov. 20, 2022 11:58 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Henry Hodges' fellow prisoner Jon Hall warned long ago that he was at risk due to severe neglect by prison authorities, having spent three decades in solitary confinement with very little human contact or interaction. In a federal...

Palestinian seeks early release in case that shook Jerusalem

Nov. 10, 2022 09:17 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — It was a crime that convulsed Jerusalem. On a fall day seven years ago, 13-year-old Palestinian Ahmad Manasra and his 15-year-old cousin tore through the streets of a Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem, armed with knives. His cousin, Hassan, critically wounded a...

Judge blasts treatment of mentally ill at Louisiana prison

Nov. 03, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana prison's treatment of its mentally ill prisoners — including inadequate care, incomplete medical records and prolonged stints in solitary confinement — violates federal law and the Constitution, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Nov. 03, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

Albany Times Union. October 30, 2022. Editorial: Another ethics flub What part of “distance yourselves from the people you oversee” is unclear? The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government is off to a lousy start. And considering it’s the...

San Diego doctor charged in death of inmate in county jail

Oct. 26, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego doctor was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 24-year-old female inmate who collapsed in front of a nurse, who was also charged in the case. Dr. Friederike Von Lintig, 57, was arraigned in San Diego Superior Court in the...

New US prisons chief pledges truth, reform for ailing system

Oct. 24, 2022 22:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outsider brought in to reform the ailing federal Bureau of Prisons pledged Monday to hold accountable any employees who sexually assault inmates, reform archaic hiring practices and bring new transparency to an agency that has long been a haven of secrecy and coverups. ...