Correctional systems

February 19, 2019 - 12:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top judge praised Georgia's criminal justice and technology reform in his first State of the Judiciary address. Georgia Chief Justice Harold Melton told state lawmakers Tuesday that the state has set an example through its reduced recidivism rates and prison population...
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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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February 16, 2019 - 8:20 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Activity at the Georgia legislature is picking up as the 2019 session approaches the half-way mark. Friday marked legislative day 16 of 40. The past week saw the first bill signed into law by the governor — a measure that clarifies when vehicles can pass a school bus. A new bill in...
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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 - 3:50 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 was placed...
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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 - 6:31 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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February 12, 2019 - 12:05 pm
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city's penalty of jail time for teenage trick-or-treaters has scared up some ridicule and a possible policy change. The Chesapeake City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an amendment to a 50-year-old law that threatens teens with up to six months in jail if they go...
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February 08, 2019 - 2:30 pm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they have captured an inmate who escaped from prison while on work assignment. Woodfin police tell local news outlets that 44-year-old Steven W. Coleman was captured Friday morning. The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office said Coleman was last seen...
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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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