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California to end its use of private, for-profit prisons

Oct. 11, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he had signed. The Democratic governor said the...

Turkish invasion raises fears of Islamic State prison break

Oct. 11, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the sprawling al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, Islamic State wives and widows have set up special courts, stabbed to death at least two people accused of apostasy and wielded knives and pistols in clashes with their Kurdish guards. Now, as Turkish troops invade northern Syria and the...

Documentary highlights rape allegations at Louisiana jail

Oct. 11, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

At least a half-dozen women told authorities that deputies raped and trafficked them to male inmates inside a long-troubled jail in southwestern Louisiana, according to newly unearthed state and FBI records. The records offer a harrowing account of sexual assault being traded as currency in a contraband ring that...

US moves 2 British IS members known as 'Beatles' from Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded hostages and was known as "The Beatles" have been moved out of a detention center in Syria and are in American custody, U.S. officials said Wednesday. President Donald Trump said earlier Wednesday that the...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Louisiana becomes new hub in immigrant detention under Trump

Oct. 9, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly grown into a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana jails that have started housing asylum seekers and other...

Ex-ICE agent faces federal charges for impersonating officer

Oct. 9, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a former agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement accused of helping an inmate escape from a local Kansas jail by impersonating an immigration officer. Forty-two-year-old Andrew J. Pleviak was indicted Wednesday on a charge of false...

Under Trump, Louisiana is at epicenter of migrant detention

Oct. 9, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly become a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana jails that have started holding asylum seekers and other...

Boston jail to stop housing federal immigration detainees

Oct. 9, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's sheriff is ending his office's longtime relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying his jails will stop housing hundreds of federal detainees in order to house more female inmates. Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins maintained the move, which he announced...

California eases mandatory sentences, restricts body cameras

Oct. 9, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will soon end some mandatory sentences, make it easier to expunge old criminal records, bar charging inmates for medical care and ban police from using facial recognition software on body cameras under more than two dozen criminal justice bills that freshman Gov. Gavin...