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Editorial Roundup: Indiana

May. 24, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

Anderson Herald Bulletin. May 23, 2022. Editorial: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ may be costly to state Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in prisons are occasionally downplayed by the officials in charge of penal institutions. Earlier this year, it was...

PEN America honors activists, artists and dissidents

May. 24, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From an imprisoned Ukranian journalist to a high school activist in Florida, PEN America paid tribute Monday night to democracy and free expression and warned about the dangers faced in the U.S. and abroad. "Instead of being able focus on menial responsibilities...

Russia's claim of Mariupol's capture fuels concern for POWs

May. 21, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Concern mounted Saturday over Ukrainian fighters who became prisoners at the end of Russia's brutal three-month siege of Mariupol, as a Moscow-backed separatist leader vowed they would face tribunals. Russia claimed full control of the Azovstal steel plant,...

Guatemala judge threatened after decision on civil war crime

May. 11, 2022 21:27 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemala judge who last week ordered nine former police and military officers to stand trial for alleged crimes during that country’s civil war, said Wednesday that death threats against him had increased since announcing his decision. “They send me...

Ex-Guatemala officers to stand trial for civil war crimes

May. 06, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge in Guatemala ruled Friday that nine former police and military officers will stand trial for a range of alleged crimes, including forced disappearances, torture and killings during that country’s civil war. In reading his decision, Judge Miguel Angel...

Jury convicts 1 prison guard in inmate deaths, hung on 2nd

Apr. 25, 2022 22:31 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Jurors on Monday convicted an Illinois Department of Corrections officer for violating the civil rights of an inmate brutally beaten at a western Illinois prison in 2018, but could not reach a verdict against a superior. Alex Banta, 30, of Quincy, was...

Norwich students facing charges, tickets after hazing probe

Apr. 22, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Three Norwich University students are facing criminal charges and others are being ticketed for hazing after an investigation into allegations of branding and waterboarding involving the women's rugby team at the private military college, Northfield police said Friday. ...

Federal probe finds severe problems in Mississippi prison

Apr. 20, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prison violated inmates' constitutional rights by failing to protect them from violence, meet their mental health needs or take adequate steps for suicide prevention, and by relying too much on prolonged solitary confinement, the U.S. Justice Department said...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

Apr. 05, 2022 22:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden approved a $100 million transfer of Javelin anti-armor missiles to Ukraine on Tuesday, according to an administration official. The transfer brings the total of U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to $2.4 billion since Biden took office last...

New Mexico inmates outline abuse in civil rights lawsuit

Apr. 05, 2022 22:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than a dozen inmates who were transferred following a riot at a New Mexico lockup in 2020 were allegedly abused and terrorized by correctional officers while being processed at another prison, marking what a watchdog group said Tuesday is the latest example of...