Latest Treatment of prisoners News

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. ...

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...

Woman sentenced to prison program in Idaho kidnapping case

Oct. 18, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to a prison treatment program for what prosecutors said was her role in a violent kidnapping and torture case. Seventh District Judge Bruce Pickett said Laura Zamudio, 30, would spend up to four years in prison if...

US says Guantanamo detainee can pen letter about torture

Oct. 18, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will allow a Guantanamo Bay detainee to provide information to Polish officials about his torture in CIA custody following the 9/11 attacks. The decision from the Biden administration was included in a letter government...

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...

California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

Oct. 15, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world’s most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

Michigan inmates win right to kosher meat, cheesecake

Oct. 15, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan must serve kosher meat, dairy and cheesecake to prisoners observing the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, a federal appeals court said, rejecting arguments that a special menu would be too costly and disruptive. The Corrections Department typically...

US: Nicaragua's elections 'have lost all credibility'

Oct. 14, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Thursday that next month’s presidential elections in Nicaragua “have lost all credibility” because of President Daniel Ortega’s arrests of critics and seven potential challengers. Starting in May, Ortega...