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Report: Wide racial disparity in New York prison discipline

Dec. 01, 2022 18:55 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Black and Hispanic people incarcerated in New York state prisons are more likely than white people to face further punishment once they wind up behind bars, according to a state inspector general report released Thursday. A Black person behind bars in New York...

Australian jailed in Myanmar applauded in Parliament

Dec. 01, 2022 03:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Sean Turnell, an Australian economist who spent almost two years imprisoned in Myanmar, received a hero’s welcome Thursday at Australia’s Parliament House where lawmakers rose in a standing ovation and the prime minister praised his courage, optimism and resilience....

South Africans protest pending release of Hani's killer

Nov. 30, 2022 10:31 AM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — More than a thousand people gathered outside the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in South Africa on Wednesday to protest against the pending release of Janusz Walus, the convicted killer of anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani. Members of the ruling African...

Freed Japan-China friendship group head says charges false

Nov. 30, 2022 08:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The former head of a Japan-China friendship group who recently returned to Japan from six years in a Beijing prison for what he said were false spying charges said he still hopes to see China become a global leader but with better treatment of human rights. Hideji...

Mayor says NYC will treat mentally ill, even if they refuse

Nov. 29, 2022 17:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor on Tuesday said he was directing police and city medics to be more aggressive about getting severely mentally ill people off the streets and subways and into treatment, even if it means involuntarily hospitalizing some people who refuse care. ...

Report: Many female Israeli conscripts suffer sexual abuse

Nov. 29, 2022 15:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Roughly one in four women performing compulsory national service in Israel’s police force and prison service have suffered sexual abuse on the job, according to a report by Israel’s official government watchdog agency. The findings by the State Comptroller...

Connecticut facing growing cost of pandemic bonus pay

Nov. 28, 2022 23:14 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut program that offered “hero pay” to essential workers at the peak of of the coronavirus pandemic got so many applicants that state lawmakers had to go back into session Monday to provide extra funding and put new limits on who could get the biggest bonuses....

Appeals panel rules in favor of former Delaware inmate

Nov. 28, 2022 19:10 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has ruled in favor of a former Delaware prison inmate who claimed he was deprived of his constitutional rights by being placed into solitary confinement for a long period despite his mental illness. A three-judge panel ruled Monday...

South Carolina hospital wing becomes new inmate hospital

Nov. 25, 2022 19:43 PM EST

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A wing of an abandoned rural hospital in South Carolina's Chester County has been transformed into a health facility for inmates that could start accepting patients before the end of the year. The $3.3 million project by the state's Department of Corrections...

Wave of sex abuse lawsuits seen as NY opens door for victims

Nov. 22, 2022 00:33 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sexual assault victims in New York will get a one-time opportunity to sue over their abuse starting Thursday, under a new law expected to bring a wave of allegations against prison guards, middle managers, doctors and a few prominent figures including former President Donald...