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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - An outbreak of the flu continues at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, where the Department of Corrections has recently reported seven new cases of the virus.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Chelsea Hicks says that the number of inmates confirmed to have the Influenza A virus has risen to 41 confirmed cases. Three offenders remain housed in the infirmary.

On Feb. 24, officials said six inmates had fallen ill while 40 others were being monitored. The number of cases rose to 37 last week, with an additional 18 inmates being monitored.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has seen a decrease in drug contraband found during inmate visitation periods after the implementation of a policy limiting kissing and touching.

The Capital reports that since the policy was implemented in November, the department found 16 contraband items in December and 22 in January. In comparison, the department found a total of 97 in November, 325 in October and 42 in September.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Superior Court judge says prisons are not subject to Delaware's equal accommodations law because they do not offer public accommodations.

This week's ruling overturns the state human relations commission's finding that officials violated the law in not providing interpreters and making other accommodations for a deaf inmate incarcerated three times in Sussex County between 2010 and 2013.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The family of an alcoholic man who died in custody has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Delaware prison officials and medical workers.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims that prison workers acted with deliberate indifference toward 48-year-old Ronald Shoup and used unnecessary and unjustified force to restrain him after he became agitated and aggressive.

Shoup was imprisoned in Sussex County in February 2014 after showing up drunk at a hearing regarding his fifth DUI charge.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocates say a transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards who watched her shower has won a legal victory that forces the Maryland prison system to better train for how to treat transgender people.

An administrative law judge ruled in August that Patuxent Institution violated the Prison Rape Elimination Act over the treatment of Neon Brown, who goes by Sandy, and because the jail did not have a policy for strip-searching transgender inmates.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - His legal options running out, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that he be allowed to stay out of prison while he makes his final appeal on public corruption convictions.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - Corrections officials are investigating the death of an inmate in a Cumberland prison as a possible homicide.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says 59-year-old Terrance Cirata was found dead in his cell at North Branch Correctional Institution Thursday morning.

Maryland State Police say a correction officer check Cirata's cell about 8 a.m. and found him unresponsive on a bunk. CPR was done, but Cirata was pronounced dead.

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Charles Smith has been sentenced to 15 year in prison for string of arson fires that hit Accomack County in 2012 and 2013.

He had pled guilty to 65 counts of arson late last year and had testified against his ex-fiance Tonya Bundick.

She has entered an Alford plea to 61 counts for the string of blazes.

Bundick will be serving 17 and a-half years in prison for the crime.

The vast majority of the fires were set in Accomack County but there were no injuries from the blazes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Bills giving law-breakers a chance to get back on their feet are making progress in the Maryland General Assembly - and with bipartisan support.

The legislation ranges from removing certain mandatory minimum sentences to restoring voting rights to ex-offenders once they leave prison.

Even Gov. Larry Hogan has publicly backed one bill that would shield certain non-violent offenses from the public eye.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County officials are launching a new initiative to warn people about the dangers of heroin.

The campaign, to be discussed at a news conference Thursday, is aimed at teenagers and at making suburban, middle class families aware that heroin use is happening in their communities as well as in the inner city.

County Executive Tom Gordon and County Police Chief Col. E.M. Setting were among the officials scheduled to be on hand to discuss the effort.

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