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Jails and Prisons

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  • Complaints about jail food highlight debate over outsourcing public services

    ATLANTA One prisoner said he eased hunger pangs by eating toothpaste. One complained he got so little food that he trembled at night in his cell. Another filed grievance after grievance, each consisting of a single word: "Hungry." These complaints, all...
  • State keeps 1,250 parolees behind bars due to housing shortage

    State keeps 1,250 parolees behind bars due to housing shortage
    State prison officials hold close to 1,250 inmates beyond their release dates every year — not because they pose a threat to the public but because they cannot find a place to live that parole officers find suitable, according to court papers and...
  • Some correctional facilities treating addicts with medication

    Some correctional facilities treating addicts with medication
    As the state grapples with what many call a heroin epidemic, a growing number of correctional facilities are starting to treat addicted inmates with medication in an effort to prevent fatal overdoses. While many jails and prisons only offer counseling...
  • Behind bars, college is back in session in some prisons

    SEATTLE Every week, they slide books through the metal detectors novels by Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen, copies of the U.S. Constitution, texts on sociology, psychology and comparative religion. Then dozens of professors and instructors from Washington...
  • Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers

    Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers
    Illinois' troubled residential treatment centers for children and teens are drawing the attention of federal authorities after the Tribune documented hundreds of rape and assault allegations and found that state officials kept sending juvenile wards to...
  • Supreme Court OKs inmate's half-inch beard

    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously struck down an Arkansas prison ban on inmate beards, a remarkable legal victory for a habitual offender turned devout Muslim who started off representing himself. In an emphatic 9-0 decision, the court'...
  • Police: Corrections officer used strippers, inmate work crew to smuggle contraband into prison

    It was a Florida prison inmate's escape that led investigators down a rabbit hole of sin involving a corrections officer and two strippers the sheriff says brokered deals for malt liquor, cigarettes and "conjugal visits in the woods." It all unfolded...
  • Hospital Or Jail -- Connecticut Mental Illness Care Lacking

    Hospital Or Jail -- Connecticut Mental Illness Care Lacking
    As someone who was involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment seven times in four years and served six years at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, I know every angle of commitment. The times I was taken to the hospital were like kidnappings;...
  • On MLK birthday, Chicago 8th-graders rally for justice

    On MLK birthday, Chicago 8th-graders rally for justice
    Dozens of middle school students led a march Thursday night from a Near North Side school to the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to protest police brutality and what they decried as a school-to-prison pipeline. The students from...
  • Chaos on streets, coughing guards, evacuations as prison burns

    Chaos on streets, coughing guards, evacuations as prison burns
    SUNBURY — The hundreds of onlookers lining city sidewalks couldn't believe what they were seeing Wednesday afternoon, the multi-colored fire hoses snaking along more than a square city block and leading to tankers positioned at Northumberland County...
  • No Ruling Yet On Legally Insane Man Moved From Psych Hospital To Prison

    No Ruling Yet On Legally Insane Man Moved From Psych Hospital To Prison
    HARTFORD — Each day Francis Anderson spends locked up in Connecticut's super-maximum security prison is another day of "torture" for the criminally insane 45-year-old who has been in and out of jail since the age of 11, his attorney argued before...