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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are slated to die by lethal injection in one week beginning Monday. The executions will take place at USP Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Supreme Court clears way for execution of federal prisoner

Jul. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration was moving ahead early Tuesday with the execution of the first federal prison inmate in 17 years after a divided Supreme Court reversed lower courts and ruled federal executions could proceed. Daniel Lewis Lee had been scheduled to receive a lethal dose of...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are slated to die by lethal injection in one week beginning Monday. The executions will take place at USP Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

Jul. 13, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. district judge on Monday ordered a new delay in federal executions, hours before the first lethal injection was scheduled to be carried out at a federal prison in Indiana. The Trump administration immediately appealed to a higher court, asking that the executions move...

Another California prisoner dies from COVID-19 complications

Jul. 13, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

AVENAL, Calif. (AP) — Another California state prison inmate has died from what appears to be complications of the coronavirus, corrections officials said Monday. The inmate from Avenal State Prison in Central California died Monday at a hospital outside of the facility but no other information was being...

Two guards stabbed at California high-security prison

Jul. 13, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — A convicted killer stabbed two guards at a high-security California prison Monday but both were expected to survive, officials said. Correctional officers were releasing inmates into a yard Monday morning at California State Prison, Sacramento in Folsom when a prisoner who was being...

Inmates sue Utah jail to allege inadequate virus response

Jul. 13, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal inmates have sued officials who run a Utah jail, alleging a failure to adequately protect them from the coronavirus. Six people charged with federal crimes and held at Weber County Jail filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Friday, asking for more inmates be released to...

Mississippi inmate dies after months in and out of hospitals

Jul. 13, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi inmate who had been in and out of hospitals since April has died. The state Department of Corrections said Monday that Owen Nelson, 57, died Sunday at Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville. He was taken there from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman....

Rights group: Reporter jailed in Egypt dies from virus

Jul. 13, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian journalist who had been jailed on charges of broadcasting false news died of COVID-19 on Monday, according to an international press watchdog, raising fears that the coronavirus may be spreading undetected in Egypt’s notoriously crowded prisons. The Committee to...

2 inmates make first escape from Bon Air center in 20 years

Jul. 13, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two inmates escaped on Monday from a Virginia juvenile prison in what authorities say is the first break from the facility in 20 years. The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice said Jabar A. Taylor, 20, and Rashad E. Williams, 18, escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center...

Missouri prisoners raise concerns about guards without masks

Jul. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri prisoners are raising health concerns because guards are not always required to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Inmates across the state told the Kansas City Star that many guards choose not to wear face coverings that can help prevent the spread of the...

Virus possibly cause of Iowa inmate death as cases rise

Jul. 13, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Pathologists will determine whether coronavirus killed an inmate in a northwestern Iowa prison, officials said, as the state deals with increasing numbers of people infected with the virus. Ronald Eugene Holdworth, 62, died Saturday morning as he was being taken from the prison to...