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State investigating Wally Lamb's inmate writing program

Jul. 15, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut is investigating an inmate writing program run by author Wally Lamb after a lawsuit was filed this spring by participants. The lawsuit alleges the inmates have not been paid for their contributions to Lamb's third anthology of writings designed to give female...

Barr: Justice Dept. is 'all in' on criminal justice overhaul

Jul. 13, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Leroy Nolan has spent the last 26 years behind bars at a federal prison for a drug conviction. In the prison factory, he works making T-shirts, backpacks and other products that are later sold to government agencies, nonprofits and others. But what has become a decades-long routine...

Advocates hope Illinois private detention ban sparks change

Jul. 13, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Far from the southern border crisis, Illinois has launched a bullish effort to undercut the Trump administration's immigration detention practices, and politicians and activists are taking note. The state recently enacted a first-of-its kind ban on privately-run immigration detention, as...

New Mexico AG wants new sex offender law amid Epstein probe

Jul. 12, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general wants to change a law that allowed billionaire businessman Jeffrey Epstein to avoid registering as a sex offender in the state, where authorities say they are interviewing possible victims that visited his sprawling, secluded ranch south of Santa Fe....

Ex-US airman in Oklahoma pipe bombing released from prison

Jul. 12, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Air Force airman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the bombing of an Air Force recruiting office in Oklahoma is being released from prison. Federal court records in Tulsa show that 30-year-old Benjamin Roden was granted his conditional release Friday from a federal...

Questions about Nebraska execution drugs may go unanswered

Jul. 12, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections director won't have to testify before lawmakers about the state's lethal injection protocol or how prison officials obtained the drugs used in an execution last year, the state's top court ruled Friday. The Nebraska Supreme Court sided with the state corrections...

Tribes gain direct access to FBI sex offender registry

Jul. 11, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of tribes now have direct access to the FBI's National Sex Offender Registry as tribal authorities try to combat high rates of sexual violence, federal officials said Thursday. The Justice Department announced an automated system that links a sex offender registry for tribes...

'Texas 7' inmate faces October execution for officer's death

Jul. 11, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An inmate who was one of the "Texas 7" escaped prisoners blamed for the 2000 slaying of a Dallas-area police officer faces execution this fall. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Randy Halprin is scheduled for execution Oct. 10. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel, in an email Thursday to...

Colorado settles suit by transgender inmate who alleged rape

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado reached a $170,000 settlement with a transgender woman who sued the state and alleged being raped, assaulted and harassed while held in a men's prison, state officials said Wednesday. Officials said the agreement does not force broad policy changes for transgender inmates in...

Trump defends Acosta but will look 'closely' at Epstein deal

Jul. 10, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll be looking "very closely" at Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. But he also seemed to stand by his Cabinet official, praising Acosta's performance on the job and...