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Stories with subject: Correctional systems
  • West Virginia jail sued over response to water crisis 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 10:12 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A lawsuit claims some West Virginia inmates were so desperate for water they tried to drink from toilets during a 2014 water crisis.

  • Questions raised about what happened in Mexican prison brawl story has photos
    Updated: Feb-13-16 12:10 am

    MONTERREY, Mexico - Prosecutors charged three state officers with homicide after a bloody prison brawl that ended with 49 dead, raising questions about what happened during the melee inside Mexico's Topo Chico lockup that saw inmates fight with hammers, cudgels and makeshift knives.

  • The Latest: Pope briefly emerges to speak with well-wishers story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 11:21 pm

    HAVANA - The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):

  • Prosecutors challenge proposed California sentencing changes 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 7:17 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - California prosecutors announced Friday that they are seeking to block Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state's prison population.

  • Ex-Indiana Gov. Whitcomb recalled as someone who 'lived big' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:25 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indiana Gov. Edgar Whitcomb was remembered Friday as a patriot and a hero during a Statehouse memorial service that recalled his service during World War II and his escape from a Japanese prisoner camp as much as his time as the state's top executive.

  • GOP's Cotton holds up juvenile justice reforms in Senate 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - A Senate effort to overhaul the treatment of juveniles in the justice system to avoid unnecessary detentions and keep them out of adult jails has hit a snag in the form of freshman Republican Tom Cotton.

  • The Latest: Legislator says Kewanee plan is 'opportunity' story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:09 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on the decision by Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee (all times local):

  • Illinois to close youth correctional facility in Kewanee story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:04 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration announced Friday it will close the youth correctional facility in Kewanee, news that delighted a civil rights group but distressed employees who worried about alternative housing for maximum-security offenders.

  • Cuomo revises plan to keep youths out of NY's adult prisons 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 4:56 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revised his proposal for keeping juveniles out of New York's adult prisons and jails.

  • Former transgender inmate settles with prison officials 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 4:40 pm

    ATLANTA - The state of Georgia has agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn't provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Dems offer iffy stats on donors, health plan story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Eager to share Bernie Sanders's claim to the grass roots, Hillary Clinton is having trouble owning up to the deep pockets helping her campaign. For his part, Sanders is struggling to make a convincing case that the numbers add up in his hugely expensive health plan.

  • Carnegie Hall brings more than musical harmony to SC prison story has photos
    Updated: Feb-12-16 1:33 pm

    BISHOPVILLE, South Carolina - One of South Carolina's most dangerous prisons is also home to beautiful music, occasions when gate alarms and tower sirens are replaced by guitar riffs, beat box rhythms and the strains of Vivaldi.

  • Union: Staff cuts, conditions led to California jail escape 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 11:18 am

    SANTA ANA, California - A deputies union has sued the Orange County Sheriff's Department alleging that staff reductions and unsafe conditions helped lead to the brazen escape of three inmates from a jail in California.

  • Former Kansas coach who impregnated teen sent to prison 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 9:09 am

    COLUMBUS, Kansas - A former southeast Kansas high school coach has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl and getting her pregnant.

  • Fairfax County officials unveil jail diversion program 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 5:00 am

    MERRIFIELD, Virginia - Fairfax County officials have launched a program to steer people with mental health problems away from jail.

  • Man who escaped Hot Springs jail gets 40 years in prison 
    Updated: Feb-12-16 2:02 am

    HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas - An Arkansas man whose head-first dive through a Garland County jail window was captured on video has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

  • Records: Man eyed in prison chief killing attempted break-in 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 7:36 pm

    DENVER - A man who was questioned but not charged in the killing of Colorado's prisons chief later brazenly tried to break into the home of a former corrections employee and exchanged gunfire with police, court documents unsealed Thursday show.

  • 2 parole officials quit after Utah governor announces review 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 6:55 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Two top parole officials in Utah resigned Thursday after the governor announced he's reviewing the system amid revelations that three parolees have walked away from a Salt Lake City halfway house and clashed violently with police, with one confrontation ending in an officer's death.

  • The Latest: Utah authorities clamp down on halfway houses 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 6:16 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on the investigation into three different parolees who have walked away from a state-run Salt Lake City halfway house and violently clashed with police (all times local):

  • Feds accuse prison guards of taking bribes, drug trafficking 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:59 pm

    ATLANTA - Dozens of Georgia prison guards agreed to protect drug smuggling operations for a high-level trafficker, believing their status as correctional officers would protect them from a vehicle search if they were stopped by police, authorities said Thursday. In exchange, they received thousands of dollars in bribes.

  • Governor reviewing probation, parole system after errors 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:55 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's governor is reviewing the state's probation and parole system after two men walked away from a state-run treatment center and later had violent encounters with police, including an officer's fatal shooting.

  • Settlement reached in federal lawsuit involving jail 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:01 pm

    PASCO, Washington - A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit that contends inmates at the Franklin County Jail in Pasco were grossly mistreated and their mental health needs ignored.

  • What We Know: 52 inmates killed in prison riot in Mexico 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:00 pm

    A brawl between rival drug gangs turned into a riot early Thursday at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico, leaving 52 inmates dead and 12 injured. Here's what we know about the country's deadliest prison melee in years:

  • Ex-head of jail's health services liable in doctor's suicide 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:51 pm

    PITTSBURGH - A federal court jury in Pittsburgh says a former health official at a county jail must pay $200,000 because of a doctor's suicide in custody.

  • New York City Council speaker seeks criminal justice reforms 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:41 pm

    NEW YORK - The speaker of the New York City Council vowed Thursday to unclog the court system and shrink the inmate population to the point that officials could consider eventually closing the troubled Rikers Island jail.