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4 escaped inmates from Mississippi back in custody

Aug. 06, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four men who escaped from a Mississippi jail are back in custody nearly 24 hours after they escaped, authorities said Saturday. Captured Friday night at a gas station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were Antonio Reyes, Samuel Sims and Hunter Wiginton as well as...

Senate to hold hearing on crisis-plagued federal prisons

Aug. 05, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday he plans to hold an oversight hearing on the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons after The Associated Press reported that the agency is keeping its embattled ex-director on the payroll as an adviser to his...

Lawyer: Arbery shooter fears he'll be killed in state prison

Aug. 05, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The white man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing the running Black man in a Georgia neighborhood says he fears he will be killed by fellow inmates if he's sent to a state prison to serve a life sentence for murder. Travis McMichael, 36, faces...

Authorities: 4 inmates flee after cutting hole in jail roof

Aug. 05, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

CORINTH, Miss (AP) — Four men escaped from a Mississippi jail early Friday by cutting a hole in the facility's roof, authorities said. Security camera footage shows the inmates running east from the prison toward the National Guard Armory in Corinth around 2 a.m., said Alcorn...

Judge to decide if firing squad or electric chair is cruel

Aug. 05, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Whether South Carolina can start executing prisoners again either with a firing squad or electric chair is now in the hands of a judge after a trial over whether shooting or electrocuting inmates is cruel and unusual punishment banned by the U.S. Constitution. ...

Feds seek 8-year prison term for officer who stormed Capitol

Aug. 05, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

Federal prosecutors are recommending an eight-year prison sentence for an off-duty Virginia police officer who was convicted by a jury of storming the U.S. Capitol to obstruct Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Former Rocky Mount Police Sgt....

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 05, 2022 03:00 AM EDT

Dalton Daily Citizen. July 30, 2022. Editorial: Be on the lookout for students, buses as school starts back Some schools in Georgia have already started the 2022-2023 year, which begs the age-old question: where did summer go? We wish we had the answer....

Albert Woodfox, inmate who spent decades in solitary, dies

Aug. 04, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Albert Woodfox, a former inmate who spent decades in isolation at a Louisiana prison and then became an advocate for prison reforms after he was released, died Thursday of complications from COVID-19, his family said. He was 75. Woodfox and two other men became...

US keeping ex-prison chief as top adviser after rocky tenure

Aug. 04, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is keeping its former director on the payroll as an adviser to his successor, rewarding him with an influential new role after concerns about his leadership — including from staff, inmates, Congress and the Biden administration — hastened his...

Moroccan court jails 14 migrants for 8 months over crossing

Aug. 04, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan court imposed 8-month prison sentences Thursday on 14 migrants for attempting, along with hundreds of others, to scale a border fence separating the north African country from the autonomous Spanish enclave of Melilla in June. Nador’s Court of...