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23 accused in broad Aryan Warriors supremacist case in Vegas

Aug. 21, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nineteen men and four women are charged in Las Vegas with being part of a white supremacist gang with ties to state prison and street crimes, including murder, drug trafficking and identity theft, according to documents unsealed Wednesday. A 152-count indictment filed in Nevada state court...

Watchdog warns of 'alarming' conditions in Nebraska prison

Aug. 21, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest prison faces "alarming" conditions driven by staffing shortages, record overtime and inmates who are secretly using synthetic drugs and contraband cellphones, according to the state's watchdog for correctional services. The state's Inspector General of Corrections...

More mental exams sought for man charged in jail death

Aug. 21, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A judge says an outside expert will evaluate the mental state of an Arkansas inmate charged in the killing of a correctional officer. Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson said Tuesday the expert will evaluate Tramell Hunter to determine whether Hunter can stand trial on capital murder charges...

Mysterious death in custody has family seeking answers

Aug. 19, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Carmen Riley bent over her unconscious son, looked into his eyes and knew. It didn't take a mother's intuition or a doctor's prognosis to figure out that Ty'rique was gone. Several days earlier, 21-year-old Ty'rique Riley had been jailed after an altercation with his father. Now he...

US prisons chief removed from position after Epstein's death

Aug. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position Monday, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Hugh Hurwitz's reassignment comes amid mounting evidence that guards at the...

Attorney general orders removal of acting Bureau of Prisons director from top position in aftermath of Epstein death

Aug. 19, 2019 1:06 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general orders removal of acting Bureau of Prisons director from top position in aftermath of Epstein death.

Woman charged with aiding white supremacist's jail escape

Aug. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has been charged with helping the leader of a white supremacist gang and another inmate escape from jail last month. A federal grand jury indicted 27-year-old Kennan Gililland on Aug. 8 on charges alleging that she helped Wesley Gullett and Christopher Sanderson...

4 Louisiana men to plead guilty in Mississippi bribe scheme

Aug. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

Four Louisiana men say they'll plead guilty to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts. Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge, Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville, Tawasky Ventroy of Opelousas and Jacque Jones of LaPlace have filed notices...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

2 moms charged in adoption scams were Florida jail inmates

Aug. 18, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida women scammed two adoptive couples in cases that appear unrelated but started when they were pregnant in the same jail, authorities said. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that no evidence indicates the scams were coordinated, but acknowledged...