Prisons

FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, the Huntsville "Walls" Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit, where the death chamber is located, is shown in Huntsville, Texas. Since 2011, the rate of attempted suicide in the prisons of Texas, one of America's most heavily incarcerated states, has steadily risen, records show. The rate of actual suicides has been more sporadic, although it was higher on average in the last five years than the five before that. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 12, 2019 - 10:41 am
DALLAS (AP) — The number of suicide attempts among Texas prisoners logged by authorities has nearly tripled in the last decade. That's according to documents The Associated Press obtained from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The suicide attempts rose from less than 700 in 2009 to nearly 2...
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This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini. A day of false hope has given way to questions about why Rini would claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago. The FBI declared Rini's story a hoax Thursday, April 4, 2019, one day after he identified himself to authorities as Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP)
April 11, 2019 - 4:01 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man charged with lying to federal agents about being a missing child was also accused of making up stories while in prison, threatening other inmates and refusing orders from guards, prison records show. Brian Rini threatened to make a false rape claim against a guard,...
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In this March 29, 2018, photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. New Zealand’s official privacy watchdog has described Facebook as “morally bankrupt” and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia’s lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 08, 2019 - 5:49 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — New Zealand's official privacy watchdog on Monday described Facebook as "morally bankrupt" and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia's lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. Privacy...
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Attorney General William Barr attends the 2019 Prison Reform Summit and First Step Act Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 05, 2019 - 7:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has ordered the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons to investigate allegations of discrimination against LGBTQ employees, he said in a letter released Friday. The announcement came in response to concerns from DOJ Pride, a group that represents thousands of...
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This image provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows part of the wanted poster for Frederick Darren Berg. Federal agents believe Berg, the man who masterminded a $100 million Ponzi scheme and escaped from a federal prison in California, may have fled to South America. Court records reviewed by The Associated Press detail the investigation into the 2017 escape of Berg. The documents say the U.S. Marshals Service has named Berg’s former boyfriend, Darrell Ray Blankenship, as a “person of interest” in connection with the escape. Blankenship has not been charged with a crime. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who masterminded a $100 million Ponzi scheme and escaped from a federal prison in California may have fled to South America and federal officials have named his boyfriend as a person of interest in the case, according to court records reviewed by The Associated Press on...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Patrick Murphy. Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of Murphy who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Wednesday, April 3, 2019, effective immediately it will only permit security staff into the death chamber because of the high court's ruling staying the execution of Murphy, a member of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)
April 04, 2019 - 1:42 am
DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. Effective immediately, the Texas Department...
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FILE- In this June 18, 2015 file photo, prisoners stand in a crowded lunch line during a prison tour at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. he Justice Department has determined that Alabama's prisons are violating the Constitution by failing to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse and by housing them in unsafe and overcrowded facilities, according to a scathing report Wednesda, April 3, 2019, that described the problems as "severe" and "systemic.". (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
April 03, 2019 - 9:53 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has the nation's deadliest prisons, where violence is "too common, cruel, of an unusual nature, and pervasive" the Department of Justice found Wednesday in a scathing report that said male inmates are housed in unconstitutional conditions. During a single week in...
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April 01, 2019 - 3:15 pm
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A former U.S. resident who joined al-Qaida and is now jailed at the Guantanamo Bay detention center returned to court Monday at the U.S. base in Cuba as he seeks to cut his expected prison term. Majid Khan, a native of Pakistan who attended high school outside of Baltimore,...
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This undated photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows Russell Bucklew. The Supreme Court says Missouri can execute an inmate who argued his rare medical condition will result in severe pain if he is given death-causing drugs. The justices are ruling 5-4 Monday against inmate Russell Bucklew, who is on death row for a 1996 murder. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP)
April 01, 2019 - 10:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday that Missouri can execute an inmate who argued his rare medical condition will result in severe pain if he is given death-causing drugs. The justices split along ideological lines in ruling 5-4 against inmate Russell Bucklew (BUCK-loo), who is on...
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March 31, 2019 - 11:23 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico filmmaker's four-year project to document the lives of children with parents in prison is set to air. Denali Tiller's "Tre Maison Dasan" is scheduled to air Monday on most PBS stations as part of the series "Independent Lens" and comes after she captured more...
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