Class-action status sought for Nebraska inmates’ lawsuit
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lawyers representing 11 Nebraska inmates who sued the state over prison conditions are seeking class-action status for the lawsuit.
Rights group: Militants, troops violated law in Marawi siege
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Amnesty International said Friday it has documented violations of humanitarian law, some amounting to war crimes, during the five-month conflict between Philippine government troops and Islamic State-allied militants who laid siege to the southern city of Marawi.
Rights group urges UAE to stop alleged Yemeni prisoner abuse
CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is urging the United Arab Emirates to investigate and stop alleged mistreatment of prisoners in informal jails they oversee in Yemen that has led the detainees to go on hunger strike.
In a Thursday report, the U.S.-based group cites prisoners' family members as saying the hunger strike began on Oct. 21 at the at Bir Ahmed military camp in Aden.
NY sets new rules for solitary confinement in local jails
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is adopting new standards for the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in local jails, including mandated time outside their cell and increased reporting requirements in an effort to prevent prisoner mistreatment.
The changes, issued Tuesday by the state's Commission on Correction, come amid heightened scrutiny of solitary confinement and its psychological effects on inmates.
Prison reform advocates march from NYC to Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group marching from Harlem to Albany to protest the state's treatment of prisoners has made it to the state Capitol.
The Alliance of Families for Justice spent 18 days on the road to draw attention to what they say are routine human rights violations in state correctional facilities.
Nine people walked the entire 140-mile stretch. Hundreds more joined the group on certain days.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will no longer keep death row inmates in solitary confinement for years only because of their purported gang affiliations, according to a lawsuit settlement announced Monday.
Iraq troops slow Mosul advance as they clear neighborhoods
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops fired at positions held by the Islamic State group in and around the northern city of Mosul on Thursday but did not advance as they regrouped and cleared neighborhoods once occupied by the extremists, military officials said.
Troops are screening residents fleeing from Mosul, searching for any IS militants trying to sneak out among the more than 34,000 civilians fleeing to displacement camps and host communities in nearby provinces.
Lawyers say Venezuela is torturing jailed Utah man
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan prison guards forced a jailed Utah man to strip naked in a hallway and perform exercises, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Attorney Jeanette Prieto said that forcing Joshua Holt to strip and perform exercises in a hallway violated international agreements on the treatment of prisoners.
Lawsuit: pepper spraying inmate with schizophrenia cruel
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — In 2008, Charlotte County Jail guards doused Stephen McNeeley, who has schizophrenia, with three cans of pepper spray, strapped him into a restraint chair and left him burning for more than three hours.
Whether they violated the Eight Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment, is at the heart at a trial starting Thursday in federal court in Fort Myers, reports The Naples Daily News (http://bit.ly/2c0hpUd).