Correctional systems

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, returns to Capitol Hill for testimony in Washington. The federal Bureau of Prisons has begun releasing hundreds of inmates to home confinement in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus behind bars. But their methods are murky and contradictory, despite criteria from the attorney general on who is eligible. Advocates worry there’s a disparity. Wealthier inmates with access to high-priced lawyers, like convicted felons Cohen and Michael Avenatti, are walking out the door, while the poor remain behind bars (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 27, 2020 - 9:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — She never thought her husband's punishment for selling drugs would be a death sentence. But as the new coronavirus rips through the U.S. prison system and into the facility where he is serving eight years, she fears it could be. The 24-year-old inmate suffers from severe asthma at...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Michelle Janavs arrives at federal court in Boston for sentencing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Lawyers for Janavs, who is supposed to report to prison in May, said in a legal filing Wednesday, April 22, 2020, that she should spend five months in home confinement instead of prison because she has an underlying health condition that makes her particularly vulnerable if she were to contract the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
April 22, 2020 - 2:11 pm
An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune who was sentenced to five months in prison in the college admissions bribery scheme asked a judge Wednesday to allow her to serve her punishment at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lawyers for Michelle Janavs, who is supposed to report to prison next...
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This Monday, April 20, 2020, photo, shows the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio. A massive coronavirus outbreak that has sickened nearly 4,000 inmates in Ohio has highlighted the dangers lurking in the nation’s correctional facilities during the pandemic and what system-wide testing reveals about the scope of infections behind prison walls. (Fred Squillante/Columbus Dispatch via AP)
April 21, 2020 - 3:12 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A massive coronavirus outbreak that has sickened nearly 4,000 inmates in Ohio has highlighted the dangers lurking in the nation’s correctional facilities during the pandemic and what system-wide testing reveals about the scope of infections behind prison walls. The state...
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April 18, 2020 - 1:52 pm
BON AIR, Va. (AP) — Coronavirus has erupted inside a juvenile detention center in Virginia with 25 kids testing positive, accounting for a quarter of all cases reported at youth facilities nationwide, officials said Friday. Children’s rights advocates and health experts have warned state officials...
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FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building before beginning his prison term in New York. President Trump’s former lawyer and longtime fixer Cohen will be released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement amid the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)
April 17, 2020 - 6:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen will be released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cohen is currently locked up at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading...
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FILE - In this April 11, 2008 file photo, paramilitary police offices escort Alaattin Cakici before a trial in Istanbul. A notorious mafia boss has been set free on Thursday, April 16, 2020 as Turkish prisons continue releasing thousands of inmates to ease overcrowding in prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic but the new penal legislation is keeping government critics behind bars due to Turkey’s sweeping terror laws. (AP Photo, File)
April 16, 2020 - 9:16 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — An organized crime boss serving a prison sentence in Turkey was set free Thursday as Turkish authorities continued releasing thousands of inmates to ease overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic while moving to keep government critics behind bars. Far-right mob boss Alaattin...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2006, file photo a person drive through the gates of a federal prison in Oakdale, La. The federal Bureau of Prisons is locking all its 146,000 inmates in their cells for the next two weeks in an unparalleled effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as the focus shifts to the Louisiana compound, where two inmates have died and nearly 20 others remain hospitalized. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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April 15, 2020 - 9:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s inspector general will check Bureau of Prisons facilities to ensure they are following best practices to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus after hundreds of federal inmates tested positive for the virus. The review announced Wednesday comes as the...
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FILE - This July 10, 2018 file photo shows a sign that reads "Families Belong Together" on a fence outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. Immigrant rights groups want U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release detainees at its Washington state jail who are at high risk from the coronavirus. In a letter sent to ICE late Monday, March 9, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Columbia Legal Services said ICE should release on parole any detainees who are older than 60, pregnant, or who have underlying conditions such as a weakened immune system or heart or lung disease. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
April 14, 2020 - 1:12 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Elsy was on the phone in an immigration detention center when guards showed up with face masks and forms to sign. The asylum-seeker from El Salvador and others had resorted to tearing their T-shirts into face coverings after a woman in their unit tested positive for COVID-19. But the...
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A man in Hyderabad, India watches on his mobile phone Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation in a televised speech about COVID-19 situation, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Modi has extended the world’s largest coronavirus lockdown hoping to head off the epidemic's peak as officials race to make up for lost time. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)
April 13, 2020 - 10:30 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India PM extends lockdown to May 3, with some...
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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus wait to cast their early votes for the upcoming parliamentary election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 10, 2020. The elections will be held on April 15 at about 14,300 polling stations all over the nation to pick lawmakers. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 11, 2020 - 8:33 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — South Korea continues downward trend in new virus...
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