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Lawyers say Arizona’s fine over prison care could reach $23M

Apr. 16, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers representing Arizona prisoners say a third round of contempt of court fines against the state for failing to improve health care for incarcerated people could reach as high as $23 million. The estimate on the maximum possible fine is $7 million...

Mississippi law will ban shackling inmates during childbirth

Apr. 16, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will join a growing number of states and the federal government in banning the use of restraints on women giving birth in a jail or prison. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday signed House Bill 196, the “Dignity for Incarcerated...

Inhofe, Lankford urge Biden to keep Hinton prison open

Apr. 15, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation are urging President Joe Biden to suspend his executive order shutting down private federal prisons, saying they expect the move to mean a privately operated prison in Hinton would close. U.S....

Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

Apr. 14, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the Washington Legislature bans for-profit detention centers...

Mississippi shuffles 2 high-level jobs in prison system

Apr. 14, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi corrections commissioner announced two changes for high-level jobs in the state prison system on Wednesday. Commissioner Burl Cain said he is appointing Marc McClure as the new superintendent of Central Mississippi Correctional...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Apr. 14, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

Adirondack Daily Enterprise. April 14, 2021. Editorial: Not the time to burn It’s pretty dry out there — so dry that a forecast of rain early this week dried up. National Weather Service meteorologists in Burlington, Vermont,...

Bates College lifts lockdown; outbreak reported at jail

Apr. 14, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Bates College lifted a 12-day lockdown aimed at containing an outbreak of COVID-19, and in-person classes resumed Wednesday. Joshua McIntosh, vice president for campus life, told students the school was immediately “lifting the in-room...

Ex-Texas lieutenant governor arrested after alleged assault

Apr. 14, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Former Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was arrested on a family violence charge in Dallas and released from jail early Wednesday after a woman reported an alleged assault. Dallas police said in a statement that Dewhurst, 75, was arrested Tuesday evening...

California to shut 2nd prison as inmate population dwindles

Apr. 14, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decade after prison crowding forced California to realign its criminal justice system, the population in what once was the nation's largest state correctional system has shrunk to the point where officials announced Tuesday they will close one of two inmate...

Arizona follows feds, pauses J&J vaccine due to clot reports

Apr. 13, 2021 18:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials urged a halt Tuesday to the administering of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, following reports it could lead to rare but potentially dangerous blood clots. In a news release, the state Department of Public...