Prisons

Police officers disperse the relatives of prisoners who were waiting to hear news about their family members imprisoned at a police station when a riot broke out, in Valencia, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. In a state police station housing more than one hundred prisoners, a riot culminated in a fire, requiring authorities to open a hole in a wall to rescue the inmates. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez)
March 29, 2018 - 8:49 am
VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — A fast-moving fire swept through a Venezuelan police station where prisoners were being kept in crowded cells, killing 68 people in one of the worst catastrophes involving the nation's prison system, authorities and relatives said. Distraught families spent all day...
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Relatives wait to hear news about the fate of detained prisoners at a police station where a riot broke out, in Valencia, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. In a state police station housing more than one hundred prisoners, a riot culminated in a fire, requiring authorities to open a hole in a wall to rescue the inmates. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez)
March 29, 2018 - 1:13 am
VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor reported late Wednesday that 68 people were killed by a fire that erupted inside a police station, which townspeople said followed a disturbance by detainees being held there. Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on his official Twitter...
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March 23, 2018 - 4:44 pm
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks learning German and perfecting inflections for a recording that will be played during a New York City opera performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio." Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir of the Iowa Medical and...
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Pope Francis ordains bishop Alfred Xuereb, as he celebrates a mass during which he conferred the ordination to 3 bishops in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, March 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 20, 2018 - 9:36 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 inmates at Rome's central prison during a Holy Week ritual meant to show his willingness to serve others. The Vatican said Tuesday that Francis will meet March 29 with inmates at the Regina Coeli prison, including those in the special "...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, left, and Joe Allbaugh, the director of the Oklahoma Corrections Department, pause during a news conference Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Capitol in Oklahoma City. After trying unsuccessfully for months to obtain lethal injection drugs, Oklahoma officials said Wednesday they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, marking the first time a U.S. state would use the gas to carry out capital punishment. (Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman via AP)
March 14, 2018 - 6:10 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After trying unsuccessfully for months to obtain lethal injection drugs, Oklahoma officials said Wednesday they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, marking the first time a U.S. state would use the gas to carry out capital...
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March 07, 2018 - 4:12 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After years without the drugs to do lethal injections, the South Carolina Senate has agreed to require condemned inmates go to the electric chair instead. South Carolina law has empowered residents of death row to make a choice between lethal injection and the electric chair...
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March 02, 2018 - 7:58 am
Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman is suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, claiming both organizations failed to properly police a disgraced former national team doctor now in prison for sexually abusing young athletes. The lawsuit alleges negligence by the USOC and USA...
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FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Bruce Earl Ward, left, and Don William Davis. The state Supreme Court on Thursday, March 1, 2018, said the men were not entitled to special assistance from mental health professionals during their trials two decades ago and lifted stays of executions they had put in place for the men last April. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
March 01, 2018 - 5:07 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' Supreme Court on Thursday lifted stays of execution for two condemned killers, saying they were not entitled to special assistance from mental health professionals before and during their trials. Bruce Ward and Don Davis were among eight prisoners scheduled to die...
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February 28, 2018 - 6:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An FBI agent has testified that he thinks a California man may have sexually assaulted 100 or more female inmates while transporting them between lockups around the country over the past 15 years. Eric Scott Kindley faces federal charges in Arkansas alleging that he...
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February 27, 2018 - 5:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is outlining its goals for prison reform with a focus on re-entry into society and rehabilitation. Administration officials said Tuesday they are sending their principles to lawmakers for them to draw up legislation. They are seeking to improve re-entry programs...
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