Detainees in El Salvador’s Gang Crackdown Cite Abuse During Months in Jail

[ad_1] MEXICO CITY (AP) — The day he was arrested, Luis was in a government office trying to get a document attesting to his clean criminal history so he could apply for a call center job. “What I wanted at that time was something better for my life,” said the 23-year-old, who was working as … Read more

Memphis Recruit Mikey Williams Reaches Plea Deal in Gun Case; No Jail Time Expected

[ad_1] EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Star Memphis basketball recruit Mikey Williams pleaded guilty to one felony charge in a gun case on Thursday, and one of his attorneys said he does not expect the 19-year-old to face jail time. Williams had faced nine felony counts and up to 30 years in prison stemming from … Read more

Live Updates | More Israeli Hostages and Palestinian Prisoners Are Released Under Truce

[ad_1] Eight Israeli hostages were released from Hamas captivity in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as part of a temporary cease-fire deal that has lasted for seven days, the Israeli military said. Israel freed 30 Palestinian prisoners in the early hours of Friday under the truce deal, which has paused the deadliest fighting in decades … Read more

New York Punished 2,000 Prisoners Over False Positive Drug Tests, Report Finds

[ad_1] ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s prison system unfairly punished more than 2,000 prisoners after tests of suspected contraband substances falsely tested positive for drugs, according to a report released Thursday. In hundreds of cases, the prisoners had committed no offense, but the flawed results were used to put them in solitary confinement, halt … Read more

Infrequent Grand Juries Can Mean Long Pretrial Waits in Jail in Mississippi, Survey Shows

[ad_1] JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Most people in Mississippi‘s county jails have been locked up at least three months while waiting to go on trial. Some have longer wait times because two-thirds of the counties only convene grand juries two or three times a year, according to a survey released Thursday by a group that … Read more

A Friendship Forged Over 7 Weeks of Captivity Lives on as Freed Women Are Reunited

[ad_1] TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In the depths of captivity, they formed an unlikely but prized friendship. And reunited in a video call this week, the bond between a recently freed Israeli mother and daughter and a Thai woman who had been held hostage alongside them filled an Israeli hospital room with unbridled joy. … Read more

Oklahoma Prepares to Execute Man for 2001 Double Slaying Despite Self-Defense Claim

[ad_1] McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is preparing to execute a man for a 2001 double slaying despite his claims that he acted in self-defense. Phillip Hancock, 59, is scheduled to receive a three-drug lethal injection at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 this … Read more

Jan. 6 Suspect Who Later Fired a Gun Toward Texas Officers Gets 2 Years for Firearm Charge

[ad_1] Nathan Donald Pelham, who was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Dallas. Pelham was accused of firing the shots from his rural home on April 12, the day he was told he was charged with four misdemeanors for allegedly participating in the … Read more

Texas Man Sentenced 2 Years in Prison for Threatening Georgia Election Workers After 2020 Election

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas man who was the first arrest by a Justice Department task force that investigates threats to election workers has been sentenced to two years in prison over posts made following the 2020 election, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Chad Christopher Stark, 55, was accused of posting threatening messages on Craigslist … Read more

Texas Man Who Set Fire to an Austin Synagogue Sentenced to 10 Years

[ad_1] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who set fire to an Austin synagogue in an antisemitic attack two years ago was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Franklin Sechriest, 20, had previously pleaded guilty to arson and a hate crime causing damage to religious property on Halloween 2021. He also was … Read more