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Apr 26, 2019

Wrong name on warrant sends woman to jail for three nights

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 35-year-old mother spent three nights in jail because of a wrong name on an arrest warrant. The Times-Union of Albany reported that police ran Jessica Donovan’s name through a law enforcement database Friday after she was involved in a disturbance at an Albany-area pizza shop. Police in Colonie […]

Apr 28, 2017

From jail to a job

NEW YORK — Neftali Thomas Diaz swears he’s done with Rikers Island. After being locked up twice at the notorious New York City jail for stealing a credit card and violating parole, Diaz entered a private jobs program. Once he’s back on his feet with a paycheck, Diaz says, “I know I’m not ever going […]

Feb 3, 2017

‘El Chapo’ lawyers say jail conditions are too strict in NYC

NEW YORK — He’s locked up 23 hours a day. His wife can’t visit him. He can’t call anyone, except his lawyers. He even was denied water, his lawyers say. The strict jail conditions for notorious Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman were outlined on Friday by defense attorneys in a […]

Sep 3, 2015

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

ASHLAND, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to comply with the law, ending a two-month church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky. U.S. District Judge David Bunning said he had no choice but to jail Kim Davis […]

Feb 7, 2013

Police: Mom used kiss to give jailed son drugs

PENN YAN — Police say a woman passed drugs to her son while kissing him when she visited him in a county jail. Sheriff’s deputies in Yates County tell local media outlets that 54-year-old Kimberly Margeson of Penn Yan was visiting her son last week when she hid Oxycodone pills and passed them from her […]

Oct 12, 2011

High Court weighs policy of strip searches at jail

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to endorse a jail policy that forces even people arrested on minor charges to undress and shower while being watched by guards. Less clear was whether justices would decide jailers need a reason ...

Jun 30, 2011

Early release possible for offenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of federal prisoners locked up for offenses involving crack cocaine will be eligible for early release after a vote Thursday by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Congress passed a law last year substantially lowering recommended sentences for people convicted of crack cocaine crimes ...

Jun 18, 2010

Feds, Erie County agree on jail suicide issue

BUFFALO — Erie County will take several steps to prevent inmate suicides at two facilities under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Justice Department.

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