Prisoners' health

A man stands on the roof of the San Vittore prison during a protest in Milan, Italy, Monday, March 9, 2020. Italian penitentiary police say six inmates protesting virus containment measures at a northern Italian prison have died after they broke into the infirmary and overdosed on methadone. The protest Sunday in Modena was among the first of more than two-dozen riots at Italy’s overcrowded lock-ups that grew Monday. Human rights advocates have been warning that increasing tensions over fears of coronavirus were hitting inmates particularly hard, especially after restrictions were imposed on family visits to prevent transmissions. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 09, 2020 - 4:09 pm
ROME (AP) — Tensions in Italy's overcrowded prisons erupted Monday over new coronavirus containment measures, with riots in at least two dozen lock-ups and the deaths of six inmates who broke into an infirmary and overdosed on methadone. Italy's national prisoner rights advocate urged wardens to...
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FILE - In a June 20, 2014, file photo, the Rikers Island jail complex stands in New York with the Manhattan skyline in the background. The nation’s jails and prisons are on high alert about the prospect of the new coronavirus spreading through their vast inmate populations. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
March 07, 2020 - 12:03 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation’s jails and prisons are on high alert, stepping up inmate screenings, sanitizing jail cells and urging lawyers to scale back in-person visits to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading through their vast inmate populations. There have been no reports of COVID-19...
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March 05, 2020 - 2:18 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Relatives of a Vermont woman whose obituary drew national attention for its discussion of her opioid addiction filed a lawsuit Thursday in which they accuse police and jail staff of denying her proper medical care and causing her death. The family of Madelyn Linsenmeir alleges in the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Two candidates running campaigns based around criminal justice reforms are trying to unseat the two-term district attorney of Los Angeles. Lacey is opposed by former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and ex-public defender Rachel Rossi. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
February 27, 2020 - 9:13 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jackie Lacey, the first black woman to lead the nation's largest local prosecutor's office, is fighting for a third term as Los Angeles County district attorney against a former police chief who says Lacey is too protective of law enforcement and puts too many people of color...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, speaks to reporters just after meeting with Attorney General William Barr to discuss expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other government intelligence laws, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 25, 2020 - 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of Republican bills that would ban most late-term abortions and threaten prison for doctors who don't try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measures have been defeated multiple times in recent years, but Senate...
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February 04, 2020 - 10:13 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman sentenced to 10 months in jail for a $109.63 theft, despite needing surgery to treat what her family says is advanced uterine and cervical cancer, is being transferred to a Pennsylvania state prison, her lawyer said Monday. Ashley Menser's family is asking the...
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January 31, 2020 - 3:51 pm
DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Employees at a maximum security New York prison fell ill Friday after a letter was opened that contained a substance believed to be fentanyl, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Eleven people were taken to a hospital from the Clinton Correctional Facility Annex in Dannemora, New York...
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File - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Pelicia Hall, Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner. speaks before a meeting of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee Fiscal Year 2020 hearing in Jackson, Miss. A federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in a Mississippi prison are unconstitutionally harsh. His ruling comes amid violence at three other corrections facilities that resulted in the deaths of three inmates this week. U.S. District Judge William Barbour ruled Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, that while conditions may have previously been poor at East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, there's no longer any evidence that the privately run prison is violating inmates' rights. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
January 02, 2020 - 9:05 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another Mississippi inmate has died at the hands of a fellow inmate, bringing the death toll to four in disturbances over the past week in the state prison system. The violence comes even as a federal judge has rejected claims that conditions in one Mississippi prison are...
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FILE - This July 22, 2015 file photo shows the Waller County jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, where Sandra Bland was found dead. “Jails are understaffed and often very understaffed,” said Diana Claitor, executive director of the Texas Jail Project, which advocates for inmates and their families. “You know you have to check a suicidal inmate, but at the same time, another crisis or fight occurs down the hall, and you have to go there. If you don’t have any extra personnel because someone is sick, you’re doing everything alone.” (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
December 21, 2019 - 12:14 pm
In a county jail in central Texas, an inmate on suicide watch begins strangling himself with a phone cord. The guard watching him does not rush in because of security rules that prohibit him from going into a cell alone, leading to an agonizing 10-minute wait before another staffer arrives to...
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This undated photo provided by the Anderson Family, shows Cachin Anderson, a New York prisoner who killed himself while in solitary confinement. Prisoner advocates say Anderson's death and others illustrate how New York's prison system fails to ensure the safety of inmates who might hurt themselves if left alone in a cell. (Courtesy of the Anderson Family via AP)
December 15, 2019 - 3:26 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The final two months of Cachin Anderson’s life in New York’s prison system were filled with warnings he was a man in crisis. He climbed on a sink and dove headfirst at the floor, saying he “wanted to end it and go home.” He urinated on guards. He hurled a can at one corrections...
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