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California Seeks Sterilization Victims to Pay Reparations
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California Seeks Sterilization Victims to Pay Reparations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About 600 people alive today can’t have children because California’s government sterilized them either against their will or without their knowledge, and now the state is trying to find them so it can pay them at least $15,000 each in reparations.But after a year of searching, the state has approved just 51 people for payments out of 310 applications. There’s one year left to look before the $4.5 million program shuts down and the challenges remain steep. State officials have denied 103 people, closed three incomplete applications and are processing 153 others — but they say it’s difficult to verify the applications as many records have been lost or destroyed.Two groups of people are eligible for the money: Those sterilized by the government during the so-call...
Appeals Court Halts Federal Takeover of Mississippi Jail
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Appeals Court Halts Federal Takeover of Mississippi Jail

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s largest county won a legal victory Wednesday in its effort to stave off a rare federal takeover of its jail, where a judge has found “ongoing unconstitutional conditions” for prisoners.The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a lower court’s order putting the Raymond Detention Center into receivership until it rules on the county’s motion for reconsideration. The court will also look at whether the lower court's injunction complies with the Prison Litigation Reform Act, a 1996 federal law that places restrictions on lawsuits brought by prisoners.Hinds County officials applauded the move to delay work by the receiver, who attorneys for the county said would be “utterly unaccountable” to voters and taxpayers.“We are still facing the day-to-day cha...
US, Massachusetts Prison Officials Strike Mental Health Deal
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US, Massachusetts Prison Officials Strike Mental Health Deal

BOSTON (AP) — Federal investigators announced an agreement with Massachusetts prison officials Tuesday designed to ensure better care for those in the custody of the state Department of Correction who are suffering from serious mental health issues.The resolution follows the release of a scathing report two years ago by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office that found troubling conditions inside Massachusetts prison facilities that authorities said had led to prisoners dying or seriously injuring themselves while on mental health watch.The investigation, launched in 2018, found Massachusetts did not adequately supervise incarcerated individuals in mental health crisis, did not provide them adequate mental health care, and used prolon...
Carlsbad Father Gets Life for 8-Year-Old Daughter’s Death
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Carlsbad Father Gets Life for 8-Year-Old Daughter’s Death

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad man will stay in prison for the rest of his life for fatally beating his 8-year-old daughter and then hiding her body.The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Friday that Juan Lerma was sentenced to life last week for abuse a child resulting in death, evidence tampering and witness bribery.A jury convicted Lerma last month.The 35-year-old father was arrested in 2020 after Samantha Rubino's body was discovered wrapped in bags in a trash can on his property.A state medical examiner determined the girl died of trauma to her head caused by a brain bleed.Political CartoonsThe charge of bribery of a witness was later dropped.Lerma denied killing his daughter. He said during trial that he disposed of her body out of panic.But his 11-year-old son testified that Lerma...
Ex-Prison Warden Faces Trial Over Inmate Abuse Allegations
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Ex-Prison Warden Faces Trial Over Inmate Abuse Allegations

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated PressThe former warden of an abuse-plagued federal women’s prison known as the “rape club” goes on trial Monday, accused of molesting inmates and forcing them to pose naked in their cells.Ray J. Garcia, who retired after the FBI found nude photos of inmates on his government-issued phone last year, is among five workers charged with abusing inmates at the federal correctional institution in Dublin, California, and the first to go to trial.Opening statements and the first witnesses are expected Monday in federal court in Oakland. Garcia, 55, has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he would face up to 15 years in prison.An Associated Press investigation in February revealed a culture of abuse and cover-up that had persisted for years at th...