Correctional systems

December 20, 2018 - 10:53 am
GREENUP, Ky. (AP) — A jail inmate who escaped from authorities and tried hitchhiking along a highway didn't enjoy freedom for long because the motorist he flagged down was a law enforcement officer. Greenup County Jailer Mike Worthington told The Independent that 31-year-old Allen Lewis was being...
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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., center, talks with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, right, before they participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, on prison reform legislation. A criminal justice bill passed in the Senate gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2018 - 9:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two years. The reforms could offer a path to freedom for...
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The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 19, 2018 - 7:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a...
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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, second from left, speaks with four other Democratic members of Congress after touring the Tornillo international port of entry where several thousand immigrant teens are being housed Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, east of El Paso, Texas. With him are from left, Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon and Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 6:50 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Beto O'Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in West Texas on Saturday where they said that 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day. The lawmakers urged the nonprofit running the facility not to...
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FILE - This May 27, 2008, file photo, shows the gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty...
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December 06, 2018 - 5:41 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese prison guards are walking off the job in an ongoing pay dispute, just days after prisoners rioted at two prisons amid restrictions caused by strikes. The prison guards, who are government workers, started a new strike Thursday to demand salary hikes and bonus...
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FILE- In this file photo taken on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomarev attends an annual meeting of opposition and human rights activists in Moscow, Russia . A court in Moscow has sentenced Ponomarev, a 77-year old human rights activist, to 25 days in jail for calling for an unauthorized protest, a ruling that has drawn strong criticism from campaigners. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
December 05, 2018 - 2:27 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A 77-year old Russian human rights activist was sentenced Wednesday by a Moscow court to 25 days in jail for calling for an unauthorized protest, a ruling that has drawn strong criticism from rights groups. Charges against Lev Ponomarev, a highly respected rights activist, stemmed...
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December 05, 2018 - 4:13 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The African Prisons Project in Kenya and Uganda is turning even illiterate prisoners into their own legal advocates in countries where such assistance is desperately rare. Project spokeswoman Peggy Nyahera said 800 prisoners have been freed this year alone as of October. The...
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South Korea's Prosecutor General Moon Moo-il bows in apology in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Moon apologized over what he described as a botched investigation into the enslavement and mistreatment of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s nearly three decades after its owner was acquitted of serious charges. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
November 27, 2018 - 7:59 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top public prosecutor apologized Tuesday over what he described as a botched investigation into the enslavement and mistreatment of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s nearly three decades after its owner was acquitted of...
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In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo provided by Ivan Pierre Aguirre, migrant teens held inside the Tornillo detention camp look at protestors waving at them outside the fences surrounding the facility in Tornillo, Texas. The Trump administration announced in June 2018 that it would open the temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers - and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. (Ivan Pierre Aguirre via AP)
November 27, 2018 - 3:46 pm
TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers — and it shows...
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