Prisons

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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March 28, 2017 - 9:23 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Transgender California prison inmates would be allowed to have bras, cosmetics and other personal items corresponding to their gender identities under proposed rules filed with state regulators on Tuesday. The state corrections department is seeking the changes in response...
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March 27, 2017 - 7:49 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two of inmates facing lethal injection next month, as a new lawsuit challenges the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period. The...
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March 27, 2017 - 5:39 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two of inmates facing lethal injection next month, as a new lawsuit challenges the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period. The...
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March 27, 2017 - 4:13 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two inmates facing lethal injection next month as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period. The board told Gov. Asa...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, Wendy Kelley, the deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Correction, speaks in Osceola, Ark. Her agency will attempt to conduct four double-executions within a 10-day period in April 2017 after not having executed anyone since 2005. (AP Photo/Tim Rand, File)
March 21, 2017 - 3:53 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period — an unprecedented timetable the state says is necessary because one of the three ingredients in the lethal injection will soon expire. If carried...
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March 20, 2017 - 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is naming some names in its efforts to shame local jails that don't cooperate with immigration authorities. For now it's putting the spotlight on Travis County, Texas, home of liberal Austin. The administration has released a list of 206 cases of...
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March 20, 2017 - 9:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals from three Tennessee death-row inmates who say they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled. The justices on Monday left in place state court rulings upholding the death sentences of inmates Pervis Payne, Michael...
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