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  • Sheriff Dart: Candy bar thief shouldn't have spent months in jail

    Sheriff Dart: Candy bar thief shouldn't have spent months in jail
    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the local justice system should expedite cases of those charged with minor offenses, citing cases such as that of an alleged candy bar thief jailed for months before being released to drug treatment.  At a Tuesday...
  • Diane Sawyer visits Ocala prison for special

    Diane Sawyer visits Ocala prison for special
    Viewers who miss Diane Sawyer anchoring the evening news will want to catch her special "20/20" report on Friday. She looks at "A Nation of Women Behind Bars" at 10 p.m. on ABC (WFTV-Channel 9 locally). Sawyer and her team visited the Lowell...
  • Orange County sheriff's deputy stabbed by inmate

    An Orange County sheriff's deputy was briefly hospitalized Monday after he was stabbed by an inmate, authorities said. The deputy was picking up lunch trays about 1 p.m. in the disciplinary isolation wing of Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana when an...
  • Rauner appoints state prisons director

    Rauner appoints state prisons director
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday announced he had chosen a new director of the Illinois Department of Corrections who has experience with the U.S. State Department and Alaska prison system. Rauner's office said Donald Stolworthy, 54, is an expert in...
  • Man gets state prison for pointing gun at Allentown cop

    Man gets state prison for pointing gun at Allentown cop
    An Allentown man who pointed a gun at police officers during a chase, but then tripped and dropped the weapon, was sentenced Monday to five to 10 years in a state prison. Thomas Emmanuel Washington, 29, also was charged with ramming a police cruiser with...
  • Pennsylvania county jails turning away from immigration role

    More Pennsylvania counties with jails are limiting their cooperation with federal immigration authorities following a court decision last year in favor of an Allentown man wrongly held in Lehigh County Jail on suspicion that he was in the country...
  • Cutting Illinois' prison population the right way

    Cutting Illinois' prison population the right way
    In times of fiscal crisis, elected leaders realize they can't keep doing things the same way they always have. Those relatively expensive options are no longer affordable. Facing the high cost of Illinois' corrections system, Gov. Bruce Rauner says it's...
  • Inmates writing their own obits reveal regrets, failed dreams

    Inmates writing their own obits reveal regrets, failed dreams
    In the wrong writer's hands, an obituary can be a dull collection of biographical facts, the type of article that journalism professor William Drummond calls the "lowest common denominator" of newspaper writing. But on this day, he hoped for something...
  • Transgender woman gets $40,000 for rape at Orlando jail

    Transgender woman gets $40,000 for rape at Orlando jail
    A transgender woman plans to appeal a $40,000 final judgment against the Orange County Jail, for being raped in a general-population cell in 2008. The federal civil judgment became final on Feb. 27, but the woman’s attorney said he considers the...
  • Creation of minimum security facility considered

    Creation of minimum security facility considered
    The creation of a minimum security facility has been discussed as a possible solution to the steadily increasing inmate population at the Carroll County Detention Center. Sheriff Jim DeWees and Warden George Hardinger said the commissioners need to...
  • Indiana bank robber who just wanted work finds it with help from others

    Indiana bank robber who just wanted work finds it with help from others
    Remember the Indiana man on parole who first lost his job, then his home, and finally his dignity? David Potchen ended up sleeping out in the woods. Desperate, he robbed a bank, using the back of his resume to write a robbery note to the teller. Once he...