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Illinois prison guards face federal charges in inmate death

Dec. 6, 2019 9:53 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three Illinois prison guards were arraigned in federal court Friday on charges of assault and civil rights violations in the May 2018 death of an inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center. A grand jury indicted the correctional officers, who also face charges that they...

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

Dec. 6, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break. The justices denied the administration's plea to undo a lower court ruling in favor of inmates who have been given execution dates. The first of those had been...

Transgender women fight law blocking inmates' name change

Dec. 6, 2019 4:15 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three transgender women have filed a lawsuit challenging a Texas law that bars federal prison inmates from legally changing their names while in custody and within two years after serving their sentence. Donna Langan and Teresa De Barbarac are still serving time, but Alexandra Carson...

Governor halts policy after prison guards strip-search girl

Dec. 6, 2019 11:36 AM EST

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he's suspended a policy that allowed prison officials to strip search an 8-year-old girl who was visiting her father. “I am deeply disturbed by these reports — not just as governor but as a pediatrician and a dad,”...

Family members charged with helping teen inmate elude police

Dec. 6, 2019 10:30 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Family members of one of the four Tennessee juveniles who broke out of a detention center over the weekend are charged with housing and helping the 15-year-old escapee elude authorities, Nashville police confirmed to news outlets. Decorrius Wright, 16, and Calvin Howse, 15, were...

Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing

Dec. 5, 2019 10:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death penalty in...

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

Dec. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces. What happened at the jail on that Friday afternoon in May...

Kosovo court jails ex-Serb minister for ethnic hatred

Dec. 5, 2019 9:53 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court has sentenced a former ethnic Serb minister to two years in prison for inciting ethnic hatred. The Pristina court said Thursday that Ivan Todosijevic incited national, racial, religious and ethnic hatred when he denied a massacre of Kosovo civilians in Recak in 1999,...

25 jail officers indicted, accused of using excessive force

Dec. 3, 2019 7:55 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — More than two dozen correctional officers in Baltimore were charged Tuesday with using excessive force on prisoners at state-operated jails in a city plagued by decades of institutional corruption, inside and outside jailhouse walls. The 25 indicted officers are accused of assaulting and...

Report: Racial divide shrinks in US criminal justice system

Dec. 3, 2019 3:00 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system over 16 years, though black people are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than white people, new federal figures show. Racial gaps broadly declined in local jails, state prisons, and among...