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New York City activists, residents awarded $1M prize

Oct. 19, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

Fela Barclift recalls the day in 1981 when she left her Brooklyn brownstone to search for childcare for her daughter. Racial representation is important for Barclift, who is Black, so she went to nearly 10 different childcare centers to look for the perfect fit. But she couldn’t find any...

Civil rights attorney seeks charges over inmate's death

Oct. 19, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent civil rights attorney on Tuesday demanded that a South Carolina prosecutor revisit a case and criminally charge the two jail employees who stunned a mentally ill Black man 10 times and kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing. ...

Crowds outside Myanmar's prisons greet freed detainees

Oct. 19, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Crowds gathered Tuesday outside prisons around Myanmar, waiting for at least a glimpse of friends and relatives who were being freed under an amnesty for people arrested for protesting against military rule. The head of the army-installed government,...

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 19, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

Crawford County inmate charged in another inmate's death

Oct. 18, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) — A Crawford County jail inmate has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of another inmate, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Gavin P. Wood, 25, of Arma was charged after inmate Dante Martinez, 20, of Pittsburg died on...

Kansas inmates wait months for mental health treatment

Oct. 18, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Inmates with mental health issues are waiting months to get the medication and treatment they need to be deemed competent to assist in their own defense because a state hospital is so overtaxed. Douglas County Sheriff Jay Armbrister said the...

Nebraska courts release group's prison overcrowding reports

Oct. 17, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's court system agreed to release a nonprofit group's analysis of state criminal justice data after the governor's office refused to release the information. The state's judicial branch released almost 100 pages of reports the nonprofit Crime...

2 men who had fled Oklahoma jail and prison back in custody

Oct. 17, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two men who had escaped from an Oklahoma county jail and a state prison in separate incidents have been found and returned to the facilities where they were being held, according to authorities. On Sunday, prison staff at the Dick Conner...

Louisiana will restart prison visits with COVID precautions

Oct. 16, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana prison system will again start allowing people to visit inmates, nearly three months after the visits were stopped because of the state's surge in COVID-19 cases. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said in a...

The Latest: Russia's daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Oct. 16, 2021 06:33 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along...