Prisons

Flanked by lawmakers, Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his decision to place a moratorium on the death penalty during a news conference at the Capitol, March 13, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 13, 2019 - 8:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom not only put a moratorium on executions in California on Wednesday, he said he also may commute death sentences and is pushing to repeal capital punishment. Newsom signed an executive order granting reprieves to all 737 condemned inmates on the nation's...
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March 12, 2019 - 11:41 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The 737 inmates on California's largest-in-the-nation death row are getting a reprieve from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who plans to sign an executive order Wednesday placing a moratorium on executions. Newsom also is withdrawing the lethal injection regulations that death penalty...
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Jack Donson, president of New York-based My Federal Prison Consultant and a retired federal Bureau of Prisons employee, outside federal court and Manhattan Correctional Center, right, where he's consulted with inmate clients, Friday March 1, 2019, in New York. Donson welcomes recent criminal indictments exposing shady dealings in the largely unregulated industry of "prison consultants." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 11, 2019 - 1:03 am
It's a tip that has been passed onto convicts for years: On your way to federal prison, say you have a substance abuse problem, and you could qualify for a treatment program that knocks up to a year off your sentence. Federal prosecutors have long suspected abuses in the program, which has enrolled...
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Alcatraz Island is seen Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in San Francisco. Archaeologists have confirmed a long-time suspicion of historians: the famed Alcatraz prison was built over a Civil War-era military fortification. SFGate reports researchers have found a series of buildings and tunnels under the prison yard of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which once held Al Capone. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
March 06, 2019 - 6:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Archaeologists confirmed a long-time suspicion of historians and say that famed Alcatraz prison was built over a Civil War-era military fortification. Researchers found a series of buildings and tunnels under the prison yard of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which once held Al...
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Prison guards strike with a banner reading "Do we need a death to get indignant" at the Baumettes prison in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Guards at as many as 18 French prisons blocked the entries in protest after a radicalized inmate stabbed two of their colleagues. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
March 06, 2019 - 5:19 am
PARIS (AP) — Guards blocked entrances at as many as 18 French prisons after two colleagues were stabbed by a radicalized inmate. In a statement, the main CGT union said attacks against guards are becoming more common and intolerable, and that the penal population was becoming "increasingly...
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March 05, 2019 - 9:34 am
PARIS (AP) — French anti-terror prosecutors are investigating a knife attack by a prison inmate that injured two guards in western France. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said the prisoner's wife was visiting him Tuesday and he locked himself in a visiting room after stabbing the guards with a...
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FILE - In this April 25, 1977 file photo, Joanne Chesimard, member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, leaves Middlesex County courthouse in New Brunswick, N.J. The New York Post reports that JetBlue removed a poster honoring Chesimard at New York's Kennedy Airport after being alerted via Twitter that she is "a convicted cop killer." Now known as Assata Shakur, she escaped prison in 1979 and has been living in Cuba. (AP Photo, File)
March 02, 2019 - 12:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue has taken down a poster of a convicted murderer that it had included as part of a Black History Month tribute at New York's Kennedy Airport. The airline said Saturday it removed the poster paying tribute to Assata Shakur last month after being alerted via Twitter that Shakur...
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March 01, 2019 - 6:14 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A review of a former Texas death row inmate's case has determined he is innocent of fatally shooting a Houston police officer nearly 16 years ago, blaming his wrongful conviction on prosecutorial misconduct, a district attorney announced Friday. A nine-month review by a special...
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February 25, 2019 - 7:52 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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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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