Prisons

This undated photo released by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Tommy Arthur, who was convicted in the 1982 murder of Troy Wicker. Arthur, nicknamed the Houdini of death row after having seventh executions postponed is facing an eighth date with the death chamber on Thursday, May 25, 2017, and a diminishing chance of winning another reprieve. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)
May 25, 2017 - 9:25 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur — called the "Houdini" of death row by some after he got seven prior execution dates postponed — is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening. Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker. The twisting legal...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Tommy Arthur at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Ala. The Alabama inmate who has had seven executions postponed is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection Thursday, May 25, 2017. Arthur, now 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, File)
May 25, 2017 - 4:25 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur — called the "Houdini" of death row by some after he got seven prior execution dates postponed — is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening. Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker. The twisting legal...
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This undated photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Jennifer Lampkin. Lampkin, a 35-year-old Austin, Texas native, has spent over a year in county jail, waiting for treatment in a mental hospital after she was accused of slapping a young girl in a Dollar General store but deemed both mentally ill and intellectually disabled by a judge. She is one of hundreds of Texans jailed rather than placed in a mental hospitals despite being deemed incompetent for trial and in need of psychological treatment. (Austin Police Department via AP)
May 24, 2017 - 5:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals. Lampkin, 35, has both intellectual disabilities and a mental...
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May 24, 2017 - 4:59 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals. Lampkin, 35, has both intellectual disabilities and a mental...
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May 24, 2017 - 4:57 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of mentally ill inmates are languishing for months in Texas jails because of a lack of space at the state's psychiatric hospitals. Though such problems aren't unique to Texas, its inmates face among the nation's longest waits to receive psychiatric treatment and the...
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A Kane County police officer monitors the scene at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill., during a lockdown after a jail inmate being treated there managed to take a correctional officer's gun in the facility and hold an employee hostage, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP)
May 13, 2017 - 11:11 pm
GENEVA, Ill. (AP) — Officers fatally shot an armed jail inmate who took two nurses hostage at a hospital in northern Illinois on Saturday, several hours after the inmate stole a gun from the correction's officer guarding him, authorities said. A SWAT team quickly moved in to Northwestern Medicine...
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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, talks to the media surrounded by his attorneys, David Hochman, left, and Nathan Hochman, right, outside federal court in Los Angeles Friday, May, 12, 2017. Baca was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran. The 74-year-old Baca, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, was sentenced by a judge who has shown little leniency when it comes to Baca's role atop a department rife with corruption. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
May 12, 2017 - 7:34 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The effort by former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca and his underlings to derail an FBI investigation into beatings in the jails he ran was dubbed Operation Pandora's Box. Like the Greek myth the name was based on, it contained troubles the conspirators never anticipated when...
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FILE - In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Central Islip, N.Y. Sessions has directed the nation’s federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for far longer terms. The move, announced in a policy memo sent to U.S. attorneys late on May 10, has been expected from Sessions. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
May 12, 2017 - 9:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' directive to seek toughest charges possible (all times local): 9:20 a.m. The head of a defense attorneys organization says Attorney General Jeff Sessions' directive that prosecutors pursue tougher charges against suspects has stripped...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson sits behind his desk at the Mississippi County Detention Center in Charleston, Mo. Hutcheson, a Missouri sheriff who continued to work despite having his sheriff's license suspended after his arrest last month on assault and other charges, was involved in a jail altercation last week in which an inmate died, Missouri's top prosecutor said in calling for his firing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. (Leonna Heuring/Sikeston Standard Democrat via AP, File)
May 10, 2017 - 5:59 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri sheriff who was arrested last month on assault and other charges has been suspended from office after he was involved in a jail altercation last week in which an inmate died, the state's top prosecutor said. Attorney General Josh Hawley said in a news release...
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FILE - In this April 28, 2017 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Central Islip, N.Y. Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a departure from Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and reshape the criminal justice system. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
May 10, 2017 - 4:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level...
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