Prisons

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 17, 2019, file photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. John Ring, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Commander, pauses while speaking during a roundtable discussion with the media, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Military officials say that Ring has been fired for a “loss of confidence in his ability to command.” A statement from U.S. Southern Command says Ring was relieved of duty Saturday, April 27. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 29, 2019 - 1:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military officials say the commander of the task force that runs the prison at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired for a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." A statement from U.S. Southern Command says Navy Rear Adm. John Ring was relieved of...
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April 26, 2019 - 3:08 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An American man detained during a wave of unrest in Venezuela has been freed after being held for five years. Todd Leininger, 37, was arrested in April 2014 on what his family describes as trumped-up charges. He was released Thursday. A senior Venezuelan official...
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April 23, 2019 - 5:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney for a group of death row inmates challenging Arkansas' use of a sedative in executions told a federal judge Tuesday that the state's lethal injection process with the drug causes condemned inmates to feel as though they're being lit on fire. An attorney for the...
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April 23, 2019 - 2:23 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered more sleep and fewer nighttime interruptions for county jail inmates in one San Francisco Bay Area county after a group of inmates sued, saying lack of sleep amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Alameda County jails will no longer be allowed to...
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April 22, 2019 - 7:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, went to police at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night...
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FILE--In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to reporters at Trump Tower, in New York. A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates in Arkansas has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before its batch expired. Rutledge says the inmates in the case have a very high burden to meet and cites a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month against a Missouri death row inmate. Arkansas recently expanded the secrecy surrounding its lethal injection drug sources, and the case heading to trial Tuesday, April 23, 2019 could impact its efforts to restart executions that had been on hold due to supply. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 20, 2019 - 12:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of...
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April 17, 2019 - 2:29 pm
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Lawyers reached an undisclosed settlement Tuesday in a federal lawsuit in which the family of an Arkansas man alleged employees of a for-profit jail left the man to die in his cell as his health deteriorated. Representatives for Michael Sabbie's family and LaSalle...
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This undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department shows Ike Souzer, a 15-year-old accused of killing his mother who has escaped a Southern California jail. Probation officials say Souzer escaped from the Orange County Juvenile Hall and jumped a perimeter fence just after midnight, Friday April 12, 2019. The 6-foot-tall, 200-pound teen was wearing red pants and a white shirt and may have an injured leg. (Orange County Sheriff's Department via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 2:02 am
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the escape of a 15-year-old inmate charged with killing his mother (all times local): 11 p.m. A law enforcement official said a "very good lead" led authorities about 9 p.m. Friday to a McDonald's restaurant in Anaheim, where officers recaptured a 15-year-old boy...
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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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