Prisons

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announces that he's shutting down a complex of jail tents Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Phoenix. Penzone announced that he will be closing the tent city jail in the coming months and relocating inmates to other jails. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 04, 2017 - 8:43 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The new sheriff of metro Phoenix announced Tuesday that he's closing down a complex of jail tents that helped make his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, a national law enforcement figure. The decision by Sheriff Paul Penzone to close the 24-year-old Tent City complex will undo a critical...
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April 04, 2017 - 5:43 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County's sheriff says he's shutting down a complex of jail tents that helped make his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, a national law enforcement figure. Paul Penzone made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday. The nearly 24-year-old Tent City complex has drawn criticism for...
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This March 25, 2017, photo shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Eight prisoners have been scheduled to die at the prison in April as Arkansas rushes to use an execution drug that expires at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 04, 2017 - 1:12 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests. A judge on Tuesday will consider the inmates' request for additional time. Lawyers for the state...
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This March 25, 2017, photo shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Eight prisoners have been scheduled to die at the prison in April as Arkansas rushes to use an execution drug that expires at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)
April 03, 2017 - 8:42 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests. A judge on Tuesday will consider the inmates' request for additional time. Lawyers for the state...
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FILE - In a June 20, 2014, file photo, the Rikers Island jail complex stands in New York with the Manhattan skyline in the background. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday, March 31, 2017, that he's developing a plan to shut down the massive jail within 10 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
March 31, 2017 - 4:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The mayor said Friday that he wants to close the city's troubled Rikers Island jail complex, though he cautioned that doing so would be difficult and take at least a decade. "It will take many years and it will take many tough decisions along the way, but it will happen," Mayor Bill...
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FILE – In this Sept. 1987 file photo, serial killer Donald Harvey stands before a judge during sentencing in Cincinnati. Harvey, who was serving multiple life sentences, was found beaten in his cell Tuesday afternoon at the state's prison in Toledo, state officials said. He died Thursday morning, said JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for Ohio's prison system. He was 64. (AP Photo/Al Berhman, File)
March 31, 2017 - 2:58 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A fellow inmate is suspected of fatally beating a serial killer dubbed the "Angel of Death" inside the cell where he was serving multiple life sentences, authorities said Friday. No charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon and the name of the suspect hasn't been released,...
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FILE- In this Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 file photo, Turkish co-chairman of pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, or HDP, Selahattin Demirtas speaks with journalists after his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Athens. The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party says he is embarking on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions, he said in a statement released by his party on Friday, March, 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)
March 31, 2017 - 11:26 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party said Friday he has begun a hunger strike to protest prison conditions. Selahattin Demirtas said in a statement released by his People's Democratic Party, or HDP, that he would refuse food to denounce what he described as "...
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March 31, 2017 - 10:26 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party said Friday he has begun a hunger strike to protest prison conditions. Selahattin Demirtas said in a statement released by his People's Democratic Party, or HDP, that he would refuse food to denounce what he described as "...
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March 30, 2017 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is announcing a plan to speed up the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally who have been of federal crimes. Sessions said Thursday that the Justice Department will expand an existing program aimed at holding deportation hearings for...
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March 29, 2017 - 6:29 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state's lethal injection procedure, a decision that potentially clears the way for a pharmacist to compound a hard-to-obtain execution drug. The state's highest court has ruled that any execution using pentobarbital — a...
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