Latest Prisons News

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...

Delaware offender leaves corrections center work crew

Jul. 31, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Authorities in Delaware are searching for an inmate who escaped from a prison work crew, officials said. Philip Jester, 31, left a Plummer Community Corrections Center work crew that was assigned to the Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington on Friday...

Michigan Supreme Court judge gives pep talk to jail inmates

Jul. 31, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Inmates at a Flint-area jail got a pep talk from an unlikely visitor: a Michigan Supreme Court justice. Richard Bernstein recently shook the hands of 24 people enrolled in an education program intended to help them succeed when they're released from...

Census: 1 in 5 dorms, prisons had no data at end of US count

Jul. 31, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

By the end of the U.S. head count last year, the Census Bureau had no data for almost a fifth of the nation's occupied college dorms, nursing homes and prisons, requiring the statistical agency to make eleventh-hour calls to facilities in an effort to collect information or use a last-resort...

Trial set in suit challenging health care in Arizona prisons

Jul. 30, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

A Nov. 1 trial has been scheduled in a lawsuit challenging the quality of health care in state-run prisons in Arizona. Two weeks ago, a judge threw out a 6-year-old legal settlement requiring Arizona to improve health care for thousands of prisoners. ...

PA prisons release dashboard tracking race, populations

Jul. 30, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new dashboard of real-time data on Pennsylvania's prison and parole populations shows the state has made strides to reduce racial inequity, but Black and Latino residents are still greatly overrepresented in prisons and on parole. The dashboard...

US judge may require vaccines for California prison staff

Jul. 29, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday said he will consider ordering all California prison employees and inmate firefighters to be vaccinated as the state tries to head off another coronavirus infection surge driven by the more contagious delta variant. ...

Mexico may release thousands of elderly, unsentenced inmates

Jul. 29, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Thursday he will issue a decree that could release hundreds or thousands of elderly inmates or those who have spent ten years or more in prison and have not been convicted of any violent offense. Anyone who can demonstrate...

Virginia inmate pleads guilty to pandemic benefits scheme

Jul. 29, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia inmate has pleaded guilty to part in a scheme to obtain pandemic-related unemployment benefits by using personal identifying information of over 30 other prison inmates, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Citing court documents in a news...