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Juvenile guard charged with murder for allowing fatal fight

Aug. 17, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials have charged a juvenile detention guard with second-degree murder after concluding he allowed a fighting game that led to the death of a boy in state custody. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday arrested Thomas Lee Hicks, a...

ACLU challenges amendment blocking inmates' early release

Aug. 16, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has filed a legal challenge to a last-minute amendment to the state budget that blocked the planned early release of hundreds of inmates this summer. The change affected the state’s earned sentence credit...

Ex-cop Lane will report to Colorado prison in Floyd killing

Aug. 16, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, will do his time at a low-security federal prison camp in Colorado. A court order Tuesday directs Lane to report to the Federal...

Court upholds Arkansas' use of sedative in executions

Aug. 16, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Arkansas' use of the sedative midazolam in its lethal injections. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court judge's ruling upholding the state's execution process. U.S....

Ex-cop who testified against friend avoids prison for Jan. 6

Aug. 16, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

A former Virginia police officer who testified against a friend and former supervisor he joined at the Capitol in the Jan. 6 insurrection avoided prison time on Tuesday for his role in it. Former Rocky Mount Police Officer Jacob Fracker pleaded guilty to conspiring with his fellow...

Housing grant will aid those leaving Tennessee prisons

Aug. 16, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction announced on Monday it has received a $200,000 grant to help temporarily house indigent offenders who are leaving prison. The program expands an existing partnership with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency,...

Officers end 3-day protest by inmates inside Louisiana jail

Aug. 15, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana law enforcement officers have ended a three-day peaceful protest by jail inmates who demanded improvements to living conditions, including quicker attention to requests for medical care. Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson issued a statement saying her...

California deputy suspected of assaulting female inmates

Aug. 14, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women in custody at a Southern California jail, authorities said. The 30-year-old deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department could face charges including assault under the...

New York restricts families from sending packages to inmates

Aug. 14, 2022 09:22 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As part of an effort to keep illegal drugs and other contraband out of state prisons, New York is taking away one of the few pleasures of life behind bars: It will no longer let people send inmates care packages from home. Under the new policy, which the state...

Convicted rapist escapes from east Arkansas prison

Aug. 12, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

BRICKEYS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities were searching Friday for a convicted rapist who escaped from an east Arkansas prison. Samuel Hartman, 38, escaped Friday morning from the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys, 96 miles (155 kilometers) east of Little Rock, the...