Prisons

February 25, 2019 - 9:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measure seemed doomed from the start but offered the GOP a chance to appeal to conservative voters. The vote...
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February 22, 2019 - 9:00 am
BOSTON (AP) — Locked up for life after 16 years on the run, murderous Boston gang boss James "Whitey" Bulger couldn't stand how much the world around him had changed. Prison was nothing like his days at Alcatraz, with its "great view" and clear-cut rules, Bulger said. And the former Irish Catholic...
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FILE - In this May 12, 2005 file photo, inmates line up on the pier after arriving at the Islas Marias federal prison island, located 90 miles south of Mazatlan, Mexico. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019 that he will close the famed island penal colony and will have it converted into a cultural and environmental education center. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
February 18, 2019 - 10:24 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie "Papillon." President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that Mexico will relocate about two-thirds of the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke attends his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. The wife of the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot the black teenager McDonald said on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, that her husband has been assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Tiffany Van Dyke says Jason Van Dyke had been placed in the prison's general population before being assaulted. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
February 14, 2019 - 9:09 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison, the officer's wife said Wednesday. Jason Van Dyke was transferred earlier this month to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut. He told his...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2007, file photo, guard towers loom over the administrative maximum security federal prison called Supermax near Florence, Colo. Experts say the drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who will be sentenced on June 25, 2019, for smuggling enormous amounts of narcotics into the U.S and having a hand in dozens of murders, seems the ideal candidate for "Supermax" prison also known as ADX for "administrative maximum," a facility so secure, so remote and so austere that it has been called the "Alcatraz of the Rockies." (Chris McLean/The Pueblo Chieftain via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 6:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In the world of corrections, there are inmates who pose security risks, and then there's "El Chapo." Drug lord Joaquin Guzman has an unparalleled record of jailbreaks, having escaped two high-security Mexican prisons before his ultimate capture and extradition to the United States...
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In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from right, accompanied by US Marshalls, gestures a "thumbs up" to his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, as he leaves the courtroom, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. The notorious Mexican drug lord was convicted of drug-trafficking charges, Tuesday, Feb. 12 2019, in federal court in New York. Elizabeth Williams via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 6:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was convicted Tuesday of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation after a three-month trial packed with Hollywood-style tales of grisly killings, political payoffs, cocaine hidden in jalapeno cans, jewel-encrusted...
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FILE - This Feb. 3, 2019 photo released by the Conroe Police Department shows Cedric Marks being captured after nine-hour manhunt that began when he escaped from a prisoner transport van in Conroe, Texas. A private prisoner transport company has told Texas officials it is shutting down after an MMA fighter accused of two murders escaped from its van last week. (Conroe Police Department via AP)
February 11, 2019 - 1:55 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A private prisoner transport company has announced its closure after an MMA fighter accused in two killings escaped this month from one of its vans while being escorted to a jail in Texas. Texas Prisoner Transportation Services told Bell County officials in an email last week that it...
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February 07, 2019 - 6:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Guantanamo Bay detention center could receive new prisoners for the first time in more than a decade under one option being considered as the U.S. withdraws its forces from Syria and works to resolve the fate of hundreds of captured Islamic State fighters. U...
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This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania. The move comes after the 81-year-old Cosby spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to the SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
February 07, 2019 - 12:38 pm
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania. The move last week comes after the 81-year-old actor spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to the SCI-Phoenix in...
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Prisoners call out to protesters and family members gathers outside the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal prison where prisoners have been without heat, hot water, electricity and proper sanitation due to an electrical failure since earlier in the week, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
February 04, 2019 - 10:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A weeklong power failure at a federal detention center in New York City spawned a humanitarian crisis that left inmates shivering in the dark and without access to visitors on some of the coldest days of the year, advocates said in a lawsuit filed Monday. The Federal Defenders of...
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