Latest Correctional systems News

Third inmate killed in new spate of federal prison violence

Dec. 06, 2021 23:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal prisoner at a high-security penitentiary in Colorado died Monday in an altercation with another inmate, marking the third time an inmate has been killed in a U.S. federal prison in the last month. Jamarr Thompson, 33, was pronounced dead Monday afternoon...

Arizona juvenile corrections chief retires; deputy promoted

Dec. 06, 2021 19:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a new leader for Arizona's juvenile corrections agency. Ducey on Monday announced he's appointed Douglas Sargent as director of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. Sargent is a longtime administrator at the agency, serving as...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Dec. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Houston Chronicle. Dec. 5, 2021. Editorial: Abbott guarantees Texas grid is ready for winter. Where have we heard that before? Take it with a grain of salt, we’re told, about information from an questionable source. Gov. Greg...

Connecticut prisons suspend in-person visits due to virus

Dec. 04, 2021 20:17 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Correction has suspended in-person visits from family and friends at all of its prisons because of rising COVID-19 cases in the state. Department spokeswoman Karen Martucci said in-person social visits were suspended...

Security enhancements made in response to prison break

Dec. 03, 2021 18:45 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona corrections officials say they have made enhancements on fence structures and gates in response to an escape of two incarcerated men from a prison earlier this year. The announcement Friday by the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation...

3rd worker at federal prison charged with sexual misconduct

Dec. 03, 2021 18:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal correctional officer at a women’s prison in California was charged Friday with sexually abusing an inmate, just months after the prison’s warden was arrested for similar conduct. The officer, John Russell Bellhouse, is the latest employee...

Federal judge rules for Tenn. sex offenders, rebukes state

Dec. 03, 2021 16:46 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday had harsh words for Tennessee officials who continue to enforce retroactive punishments against sex offenders, some of whom committed their offenses decades before the state's sex offender law took effect. “Tennessee...

Alabama inmate captured after leaving work detail

Dec. 03, 2021 16:42 PM EST

STAPLETON, Ala. (AP) — An inmate who escaped from a work detail in southwest Alabama was captured, authorities said Friday. Jonathan Singleton was arrested in Baldwin County near the Styx River, news outlets reported. Details of how he was caught weren't immediately...

Indiana inmate dies amid prison Legionnaires disease cases

Dec. 03, 2021 15:53 PM EST

PENDLETON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana prison inmate has died after being among those confirmed ill with Legionnaire’s disease amid an outbreak of the bacterial lung infection at the facility, state prison officials said. The inmate from the Pendleton Correctional...

California jail guard indicted for sex assaults on inmates

Dec. 02, 2021 18:41 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A California correctional officer was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of sexually assaulting female inmates at the San Joaquin County Jail, just months after another officer at the same facility was convicted of rape and other sexual assaults on inmates. ...