Prison overcrowding

A Federal Bureau of Federal Prisons truck drives past barbed wire fences at the Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, May 16, 2020. Hundreds of inmates inside the facility have tested positive for COVID-19 and several inmates have died with numbers expected to rise. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
May 22, 2020 - 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons will begin moving about 6,800 inmates who have been waiting in local detention centers across the U.S. to federal prisons to avoid jail overcrowding in the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. It's not clear when it would begin. The inmates...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 26, 2012, file photo, inmates of Tihar jail, the largest complex of prisons in South Asia, enjoy a show of music and dance during a musical evening at the prison in New Delhi, India. The spreading of the coronavirus in the early months of 2020 is shaking India’s notoriously crowded correction facilities, prompting authorities to scale up testing in prisons, impose jail lockdowns and release thousands of pretrial detainees on parole with pressure mounting from the country’s top court and their families. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)
May 02, 2020 - 7:34 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — The spread of the coronavirus in India's notoriously crowded prisons has prompted authorities to impose jail lockdowns and release thousands of pretrial detainees on parole, as health experts worry that the cramped facilities are serving as breeding grounds for the disease...
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A health worker collects sample for coronavirus testing from a worker at a locked down wet market as one of its traders tested positive for COVID-19 in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The Malaysian government issued a restricted movement order to the public till April 28, to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 28, 2020 - 10:02 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: —Putin extends Russia's shutdown to May 11. —China...
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April 16, 2020 - 10:58 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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A family burn paper offerings for their departed relatives on the streets of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Authorities are controlling access and limiting the number of people entering cemeteries across China during the annual Qingming festival, also known as the Grave Sweeping Day, a day when Chinese around the world remember their dearly departed and take time off to clean up the tombs and place flowers and offerings, a move to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 04, 2020 - 10:17 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: , — China reports 30 new coronavirus cases, mostly...
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This combination of undated images provided by the Gallia County Sheriff's Office shows from left to right, Brynn Martin, Christopher Clemente, Troy McDaniel Jr. and Lawrence Lee III. Three of the four inmates who overpowered two female corrections officers and escaped from an Ohio county jail on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, were caught in North Carolina Monday, Sept. 30. The overcrowded Ohio county jail where the inmates escaped has been repeatedly cited by state inspectors for its lack of a security perimeter, broken security cameras, no two-way radio system and the failure by administrators to show whether corrections officers conducted contraband searches or performed daily counts of inmates. (Gallia County Sheriff's Office via AP)
October 03, 2019 - 11:35 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Records show the overcrowded Ohio county jail from which four inmates escaped has been repeatedly cited by state inspectors for its lack of a security perimeter, broken security cameras and lack of a two-way radio system. The records obtained by The Associated Press also cite a...
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September 26, 2019 - 8:02 am
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The first evacuation flight of African refugees and asylum-seekers was set to arrive in Rwanda on Thursday in the latest effort to divert and care for thousands from the continent who failed in their efforts to reach Europe. The East African nation's agreement to take in 500...
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A woman waits at the Institute of Legal Medicine for information about her relative who was one of the inmates killed during a riot at a prison in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. At least 58 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil Monday with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. (AP Photo/Raimundo Pacco)
August 01, 2019 - 12:06 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Another burst of violence at an overcrowded Brazilian prison where dozens of inmates died has prompted promises of more prison cells and more guards, despite expert warnings that the strategy has been failing for decades. A tough-on-crime vow last year helped Jair Bolsonaro...
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People seek information about family members who are prisoners after a riot inside the Regional Recovery Center in Altamira, Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2019. At least 57 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil Monday with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. (Wilson Soares/Panamazonica via AP)
July 29, 2019 - 8:53 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least 57 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil Monday with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said a fight erupted around...
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A Guatemalan migrant, who was deported from the United States, embraces relatives after arriving at the Air Force Base in Guatemala City, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Nearly 200 Guatemalan migrants have been deported on Tuesday, the day the Trump administration planned to launch a drastic policy change designed to end asylum protections for most migrants who travel through another country to reach the United States. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
July 17, 2019 - 10:51 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's...
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