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Jails and Prisons

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  • Study: Local lockups can be more pricey to run than thought

    It turns out running a jail can be even more expensive than previously thought. A study released Thursday examining what it actually costs to operate local lockups has found that a whole host of costs — from providing inmate health care to...
  • New efforts to keep the mentally ill out of jail

    WASHINGTON Paton Blough has served multiple jail terms as a result of mental illness. He said his various offenses included brandishing a shotgun, reckless endangerment, destruction of civic property, spitting on a police officer, being a public nuisance...
  • Virginia ex-correctional officer indicted in bribery scheme

    Authorities say a former correctional officer has been indicted in a bribery scheme involving smuggling drugs and cigarettes to inmates at a federal prison in exchange for money. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1FC0rbg) reports 37-year-old...
  • Policy center links auto thefts to California prison shift

    Policy center links auto thefts to California prison shift
    A California policy center has concluded that sending low-level felons to county jails instead of state prisons had “a very limited impact on crime,” resulting in increased auto thefts but no effect on violent offenses. The report, released...
  • Justice Department declines charges in Idaho prison scandal

    The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with an investigation into allegations of contract fraud and public corruption at a private prison in Idaho. The FBI began investigating the Idaho Correctional Center last...
  • Independent experts blast quality of medical care in Illinois prisons

    Independent experts blast quality of medical care in Illinois prisons
    The 55-year-old inmate with a family history of lung cancer was coughing up blood the day he arrived at the medium security Illinois River prison in November 2012. A nurse sent him away with a container to spit in and told him to report back if it...
  • Feds probe Florida prisoner's death in scalding shower

    Feds probe Florida prisoner's death in scalding shower
    The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the death in a scalding shower of a Florida prisoner and may conduct a broader civil rights probe into allegations of abuse of mentally ill inmates. Existence of the criminal investigation into the 2012 death...
  • Michigan prison food worker accused of soliciting assault

    A food service worker at a prison in Michigan's Upper Peninsula tried to get a prisoner to orchestrate the assault of another inmate who he said had killed his relative, authorities said Wednesday. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said 27-year-old...
  • Psychologist to head Cook County Jail

     Psychologist to head Cook County Jail
    A 37-year-old clinical psychologist will head the Cook County Jail, the massive West Side complex that county officials have long said effectively serves as the state's largest mental hospital. Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia has been first assistant executive...
  • Illinois prison medical report cites murder convict's case

    A former street gang member sentenced for murder is among the Illinois inmates a new report cites in concluding medical care at state prisons is inadequate. The report was filed late Tuesday in a civil suit against the Illinois Department of Corrections....
  • Aaron Hernandez Served As Lookout For Prison Fight [CNN]

    Aaron Hernandez Served As Lookout For Prison Fight [CNN]
    CNN reports: Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is in trouble once again, getting mixed up in a prison fight, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said Tuesday. Hernandez allegedly agreed to be the lookout for another inmate who...