Latest Treatment of prisoners News

Senators say they were denied full access to federal prison

Jan. 26, 2022 17:35 PM EST

Two U.S. senators said Wednesday that they were denied access to parts of a federal prison in Connecticut while trying to examine conditions there in response to correctional officers' complaints about a staffing shortage and lack of coronavirus precautions. Concerns about the spread...

IS Syria prison attack puts child detainees in harm's way

Jan. 25, 2022 14:11 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — In a recording that emerged from a Syrian prison wing taken over by Islamic State group militants, a trapped teenager pleads for help, describing the mayhem of a days-long battle over the facility that has reportedly left multiple child inmates killed and wounded. ...

Frenchman gets 8 years in prison in Iran; denies spy charges

Jan. 25, 2022 13:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A Frenchman detained in Iran and hunger striking to protest his treatment has been sentenced to eight years in prison on what his lawyer insisted Tuesday are trumped up espionage and propaganda charges. Benjamin Brière, 36, was arrested in May 2020 after taking...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jan. 24, 2022 14:49 PM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Jan. 23, 2022. Editorial: Nebraska has much work to do before it contemplates a new prison Nebraska is spending prodigiously on its prisons: Over the past decade, costs increased 51%, from $179.8 million in 2011 to $272.3 million last year. We’re...

Sheriff agrees to improve jail conditions to settle lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2022 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia sheriff has agreed to improve jail conditions for women with serious mental illness to settle a lawsuit alleging that prolonged solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions risked causing them serious psychological harm. Lawyers who visited the South...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 22, 2022 00:28 AM EST

Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus. January 19, 2022. Editorial: Reset We agree with the way Gov. Phil Scott framed his budget address on Tuesday. The state has significant challenges that have prevented it from moving forward. This is a...

Norway killer Breivik tests limits of lenient justice system

Jan. 21, 2022 13:48 PM EST

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Convicted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik spends his days in a spacious three-room cell, playing video games, exercising, watching TV and taking university-level courses in mathematics and business. Halfway through a 21-year sentence and seeking early...

North Dakota prison system feeling impact of omicron variant

Jan. 20, 2022 13:16 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota corrections officials say the state's prisons have been hit hard by the coronavirus omicron variant. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says active COVID-19 cases total 151, more than double last Friday's total and infecting about...

Prosecutor: Norway mass killer still 'a very dangerous man'

Jan. 20, 2022 07:53 AM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A prosecutor in Norway said Thursday that a far-right extremist who killed 77 people in 2011 still is “a very dangerous man” and therefore a poor candidate for release after 10 years in prison, as Norwegian law permits. On the final day of a three-day...

Former Oklahoma jailer pleads guilty over inmate assault

Jan. 19, 2022 17:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma jailer has pleaded guilty to violating an inmate’s civil rights by kicking and striking him in a 2020 assault, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Johnnie Drewery, 27, faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in a few months, the...