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Report: Ex-prisons boss drank tequila before standoff

Jan. 26, 2022 18:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan had already consumed a half bottle of tequila by the time officers responded to a call nearly three weeks ago at his Tempe home that he had shot himself, according to police reports released Wednesday that offer a new theory on how...

Senators say they were denied full access to federal prison

Jan. 26, 2022 17:35 PM EST

Two U.S. senators said Wednesday that they were denied access to parts of a federal prison in Connecticut while trying to examine conditions there in response to correctional officers' complaints about a staffing shortage and lack of coronavirus precautions. Concerns about the spread...

QAnon follower who attacked police at Capitol gets prison

Jan. 26, 2022 17:05 PM EST

A man who identified himself as a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory was sentenced on Wednesday to three years and eight months in prison for assaulting police officers at the Capitol during last year's riot. Nicholas Languerand called himself a patriot, but the judge who...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 26, 2022 15:11 PM EST

Valdosta Daily Times. January 23, 2022. Editorial: Prisons need more than money Improve conditions, transparency Georgia prisons may be underfunded but that is only one problem of the state’s embattled corrections system. Just throwing...

US-backed Syria forces retake prison a week after IS assault

Jan. 26, 2022 13:02 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said they wrestled control of the last section of a prison seized by Islamic State militants and freed a number of child detainees they had used as human shields. That ended a deadly, weeklong assault by the extremists on one of the largest detention...

Germany: Inmates fined over prison potato mash fight

Jan. 26, 2022 08:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Two female inmates at a German prison have been served a hefty fine for a brawl that began with a food fight. German news agency dpa reported Wednesday that the cellmates at a prison in Augsburg began throwing potato mash at each other following a disagreement. Then...

9 dead, 7 injured as inmates riot inside Mexican prison

Jan. 25, 2022 19:18 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A riot among inmates at a prison in Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Colima left nine prisoners dead and seven injured Tuesday, authorities said. The Public Safety Department said the riot originated in a fight between two rival groups of inmates in a cell...

Earlier releases for repeat offenders halted pending appeal

Jan. 25, 2022 18:10 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's on-again, off-again plan to allow earlier potential prison releases for certain repeat offenders was off again Tuesday, pending an appeal by more than half of California’s 58 district attorneys. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Judith...

Wisconsin lawmakers OK tougher penalties for protesters

Jan. 25, 2022 18:06 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers approved bills Tuesday that would create tougher penalties for protesters who participate in riots and deface government statues. The proposals come after protesters burned swaths of downtown Kenosha and damaged the Hans Christian Heg and...

Appeals court paves the way for 2 more Oklahoma executions

Jan. 25, 2022 15:16 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court rejected a request from two Oklahoma death row inmates to temporarily halt their upcoming lethal injections. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver denied the inmates’ motion in a ruling on Monday. The...