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Students in the Avon Community School Corporation returned to in-person classes on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Avon, Ind. (Doug McSchooler/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

The Latest: Indiana gov defends school reopening in pandemic

Aug. 5, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is defending school reopenings in the face of mounting reports of students and education staff testing positive for the coronavirus since returning to classes. Box said Wednesday that she “continue(s) to believe that our schools can safely...

In this Feb. 12, 2019 image made from video and released by the Forsyth County, (N.C). Jail, authorities restrain John Neville in his cell as a nurse speaks with him, in Winston-Salem, N.C. The body-cam video from the jail shows Neville struggling with jail guards to get up from the floor where he was lying on his back, shouting that he couldn't breathe and calling out

Videos show jail officers restraining North Carolina inmate

Aug. 5, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Body camera videos from a North Carolina jail show a man who died days after his arrest struggling with guards to get up from where he lay on the floor, calling out for his mother and yelling “I can't breathe!” more than 20 times as they restrained him. The videos...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, a row of general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California state prison officials say in a July 27, 2020, court filing that as many as 17,600 inmates are eligible for release due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California ups early inmate release estimate amid objections

Aug. 5, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing...

3 inmates, 2 staff injured in south Georgia prison unrest

Aug. 2, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Three inmates and two staff members were injured during unrest at a state prison in southeast Georgia that began Saturday night, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. A golf cart was set on fire and windows were smashed during the melee at Ware State Prison in Waycross,...

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell announces Thursday, July 30, 2020, that no charges will be filed against former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown Jr. on August 9, 2014 in Clayton, Mo. Bell said his administration reopened the case and spent five months reinvestigating.  (Chris Kohley/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Change laws that shield police, Missouri prosecutor says

Jul. 31, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — After a third review failed to uncover enough evidence to charge the officer who fatally shot Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, some prosecutors and civil rights leaders agree it’s time to focus on changing the laws that shield police. In an interview Friday...

Court orders release of teen detained over schoolwork

Jul. 31, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals on Friday ordered the release of a 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl from a juvenile facility where a county judge sent her for failing do schoolwork and because the teen was a threat to her mother. The court's emergency order calls for the immediate...

Two inmates escaped from the Oklahoma County jail in downtown Oklahoma City, by tying together bedsheets to use as a rope after breaking out a window in the early morning hours on Friday, July 31, 2020. A murder suspect and his cellmate escaped the Oklahoma County jail early Friday by using sheets tied together to climb down the outside of the building from a 12th floor cell, authorities said. (Dave Morris/The Oklahoman via AP)

Two Oklahoma jail escapees are recaptured after fleeing jail

Jul. 31, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two county jail escapees, including a murder suspect, have been arrested after breaking out of the Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma City early Friday by using sheets tied together to climb down the outside of the building from a 12th floor cell, authorities said. Pablo Robledo, 34, who...

Michigan's top court kills lawsuit by wrongly imprisoned man

Jul. 30, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has stopped a man from suing the state after he spent more than a year in prison for a crime that wasn't a crime. The man was behind bars for 17 months for failing to provide accurate information for Michigan's sex offender registry. The Corrections Department then...

Ohio county jail sued by guard, ex-wife of dead inmate

Jul. 29, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Columbus regarding a county jail near the southern tip of Ohio where four inmates escaped last year and where families of inmates who have died or been injured have criticized treatment. The ex-wife of a man who died at the Gallia County...

Georgia inmates hailed as heroes for saving injured deputy

Jul. 29, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff's office is thanking a group of inmates credited with rescuing a deputy who collapsed and suffered a head injury while supervising a jail housing unit. The Gwinnett County deputy was patrolling the unit when the inmates noticed he did not appear to be feeling...