Latest Prisoner rights News

Two Palestinians end hunger strike after deal with Israel

Nov. 22, 2021 14:57 PM EST

Two Palestinian hunger strikers, including one who went without food for 131 days, on Monday suspended their strikes against Israel’s controversial policy of detaining them without charge after reaching a deal that will allow them to go free in the coming months, a prisoner rights group...

White supremacist prison guards work with impunity in Fla.

Nov. 19, 2021 10:42 AM EST

In June, three Florida prison guards who boasted of being white supremacists beat, pepper sprayed and used a stun gun on an inmate who screamed “I can’t breathe!” at a prison near the Alabama border, according to a fellow inmate who reported it to the state. The...

Henry Montgomery, at center of juvenile life debate, is free

Nov. 17, 2021 18:46 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana inmate whose Supreme Court case was instrumental in extending the possibility of freedom to hundreds of people sentenced to life in prison without the opportunity for parole when they were juveniles was freed on parole Wednesday after spending nearly...

Group says NC kept magazines from inmates

Nov. 17, 2021 18:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A human rights group is suing the North Carolina Department of Public Safety alleging its staff censors magazines inmates receive by mail, especially those with articles about prison misconduct. Human Rights Defense Center in Florida filed the suit...

Civil rights groups sue prison for alleged rights violation

Nov. 16, 2021 18:38 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island civil rights organizations have sued the state's Department of Corrections on behalf of a man who alleges his rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement for eight months as punishment for his complaints about prison conditions. ...

Cambodian labor leader among 18 activists freed from prison

Nov. 12, 2021 10:14 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Friday released 18 activists, including a prominent labor leader who has been a longtime critic of the government. The Phnom Penh Court of Appeals said it ordered the release of Rong Chhun and four others, but gave no...

EXCERPT: Jair Bolsonaro's polemical Brazil impeachment vote

Nov. 10, 2021 17:17 PM EST

The following excerpt is from the chapter, “If I Lose” in the book “Dilma’s Downfall: The Impeachment of Brazil’s First Woman President and the Pathway to Power for Jair Bolsonaro’s Far-Right,” written by Associated Press journalists Mauricio Savarese and Peter Prengaman. The...

Inmate who sued for gender surgery seeks $2.8M in legal fees

Nov. 10, 2021 15:53 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho inmate who became the first person to receive court-ordered gender confirmation surgery after suing the state Department of Correction is asking a judge to order the state to pay more than $2.8 million in attorney fees and other costs associated with the...

Ex-jail employees sued for playing ‘Baby Shark’ on repeat

Nov. 04, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three people are suing Oklahoma County jail employees who investigators found forced them to stand handcuffed for hours and listen to the children’s song “Baby Shark” on repeat. Attorneys for three former inmates filed the civil rights lawsuit...

UN report says Ethiopia's war marked by 'extreme brutality'

Nov. 03, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — All sides in Ethiopia’s yearlong war in the Tigray region have committed abuses marked by “extreme brutality” that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the U.N. human rights chief said Wednesday, noting “the big numbers of violations” are linked...