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Pennsylvania to start housing unvaccinated inmates together

Aug. 05, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania prison system announced Thursday it is stopping in-person visits for the thousands of inmates who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. The Corrections Department also said it will begin housing unvaccinated inmates together next...

Delaware inmate who left work crew found in New Jersey

Aug. 05, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate who escaped from a prison work crew last week has been found in New Jersey, officials said. Philip Jester, 31, left a Plummer Community Corrections Center work crew that was assigned to the Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington on July...

King County Sheriff: Staff must work remotely amid violence

Aug. 05, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County sheriff has instituted an immediate return to 100% remote work for many staffers, citing unsafe conditions around the county courthouse and parking garage as well as an administrative building and jail in downtown Seattle. Longtime...

Mississippi sheriff dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Aug. 04, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The sheriff of Mississippi's largest county has died, almost two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak of the illness at a jail he oversaw. The Hinds County Sheriff's Department said an ambulance was sent to the home of...

Jail officer, inmates became ill after someone spiked water

Aug. 04, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — An officer and a few inmates at a Flint-area jail became sick when a pot of water was spiked by other inmates, the sheriff said Wednesday. The substance was described only as a “non-narcotic.” The incident at the Genesee County jail occurred last...

Nebraska state government to offer hiring bonuses up to $15K

Aug. 04, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Faced with a labor shortage and a growing number of vacancies, Nebraska state officials are offering bigger incentive packages to try to get people to work in the state’s prisons, veterans homes and other facilities that require around-the-clock staffing. ...

Warden at NYC federal jail charged with killing husband

Aug. 03, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The associate warden at the federal jail in New York City has been charged with killing her husband after she shot him in the face in their New Jersey home. Antonia Ashford is the associate warden at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, which...

Inmates allegedly assault 3 staff at Montana private prison

Aug. 03, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State corrections officials are investigating an alleged assault on three staff members by inmates at a private prison in northern Montana. The staff members were assaulted by two prisoners at the 600-bed Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby on...

St. Louis moving 120 inmates to workhouse after disturbance

Aug. 02, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis began moving on Saturday roughly 120 detainees back to its old city jail, known as the workhouse, amid repeated security breaches at the newer downtown justice center. The Medium Security Institution was reopened less than two months after St....

Dozens of people held at Utah prison receive COVID vaccines

Aug. 01, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — Dozens of new inmates at the Utah State Prison in Draper have received a free dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from a mobile vaccination clinic. The doses were provided Tuesday by Nomi Health, a direct health care company that has coordinated vaccination...