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Three hots and a cot? Maybe not
The Wausau Daily Herald    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Local jail administrators in Wausau, Wisconsin, say inmates don't have to worry about losing their "three hots and a cot," despite a bill that would allow jails to serve inmates fewer than three meals a day. The bill was introduced by State Rep. Mark Radcliffe as a way to cut the budget deficit. More

'Pay for Stay' means inmates will bear cost of jail time
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In an effort to discourage crime and raise funds, the Sharp County, Arkansas, Jail is charging for the privilege of being incarcerated. It's called "Pay for Stay," and it was enacted by the Quorum Court in March. More

Nebraska county discusses social media policy
The Grand Island Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hall County, Nebraska, supervisors are discussing a new social media policy for all county employees. The idea for the policy came out of discussions by the board with Hall County Corrections Director Fred Ruiz, who had expressed frustration because of how some employees were using mobile phones with Internet capability. The concern isn't just about the time spent on social outlets, but also the content, county supervisors had said previously. More

As summer approaches, rising jail population worries Illinois officials
Rockford Register Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As of May 4, the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, Illinois, housed 983 inmates, causing concern for county officials who say current staff levels leave them unequipped to handle more prisoners. "We're coming into the summer season, and we know we usually get a jump in jail population at that time, as the weather warms up," said Rick Pollack, chair of the Public Safety Committee. "The alternative is opening up another pod. That means increased staffing and approximately $400,000, which we want to avoid." More

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County jails deploy whole-body scanners to detect hidden weapons, contraband
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Strip searches conducted at jails and correctional facilities are being revolutionized — and the "strip" portion is being dropped altogether. More

Morris County Jail inmates rehabilitate mind, body with yoga
Daily Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nancy Candea checks into Morris County, New Jersey, Jail every Thursday afternoon, makes her way through security, and gets escorted past the women's cafeteria into a multipurpose athletic room. Dressed in black and barefoot, she turns on some tranquil music, slaps a yoga mat on the floor, and waits as inmates shuffle into her weekly yoga class. More

Commissary cart provides comfort for inmates, revenue for county
Corpus Christi Caller-Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The commissary cart at the jail in Nueces County, Texas, delivers goods to inmates daily, bringing to cells a mobile general store with comforts from the outside — and bringing thousands of dollars annually to the sheriff's office. Critics call it an indulgence. But the privilege can be pulled, Sheriff Jim Kaelin said, so it's an easy way to keep inmates in line while generating revenue. More

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Bill will let Oregon youths avoid adult jails
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Juveniles accused of Measure 11 crimes — a specific range of violent felonies — would be held in youth detention facilities rather than jails as they await trial, under a bill the Oregon State Senate approved recently. Proponents of the legislation say it is needed to stop the unsafe practice of holding juveniles among adults in county jails, where teens may be at increased risk. More

California sheriff suggests closing jail, freeing inmates, laying off 20
Poten & Partners    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Merced County, California, Sheriff Mark Pazin proposed the closure of the department's main jail to meet County budget cuts — a bombshell certain to intensify an already dire $20 million budget crisis. Further upping the ante, Pazin said the proposal includes the early release of 150 to 200 inmates and laying off 20 correctional officers and support staff. More

County goes 'upstream' in attempt to contain costs
Sonoma West Times and News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Members of the Sonoma County, California, Board of Supervisors conducted a whirlwind tour to introduce a new policy, Upstream Investments. The initiative is the County's attempt to address the burgeoning costs of the criminal justice system by redirecting money into programs that are proven to be effective means for keeping children out of jail and stabilizing home environments. More

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Low-level felons in Ohio possibly headed for county jails, not prison
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Legislation being considered in Ohio could mean more inmates in county jails. A comprehensive bill approved by the State House and now being discussed in the State Senate would mean first-time, nonviolent, low-level felony offenders could not be sent to state prison, and instead would get probation. The bill also doubles the threshold for felony-level thefts, meaning more would head to the county jail on theft charges. More

Kansas inmate sues because of jail conditions
The Hutchinson News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Reno County, Kansas, authorities did not succeed in 2006 in persuading voters to replace an aging jail, but they prevailed in a 2006 legal case in which inmates claimed the county jail's conditions violated their constitutional rights. Fast forward to 2011, and Reno County officials are looking anew at the possibility of a jail ballot question in the November 2012 election. Meanwhile, a recent inmate is suing the sheriff, county commissioners and mayor of Hutchinson, claiming conditions at the jail and jail annex violated his constitutional rights. More

Grant could put video equipment in jail
Daily Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oneida County, New York, is seeking a $30,000 grant for court-related video equipment at the county jail, and Sheriff Robert Maciol says he wholeheartedly supports the concept because of its transportation savings and other benefits. More

Montana lacks statewide standards to prevent jail suicides
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Michayla Brilz, in love with her children and afraid of losing them, lost her battle with despair last month. Her struggle with prescription drugs had landed her back in the Missoula County, Montana, Jail, where she hanged herself. Her suicide, along with that of 22-year-old Cory Lattin in the Cascade County Jail, highlights a stubborn issue in the State. People detained in Montana's county jails kill themselves at a rate five times the national average, according to a legislative report last year. More

Sales tax for new jail may be dropped from October ballot
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Local officials in Mathews, Louisiana, are backing off plans to place a sales tax proposal on the October ballot to help finance a new jail. The seven-member jail committee, the second formed in the past four years to address Lafourche Parish's aging, overcrowded jail, have favored placing a quarter-cent sales tax on the October ballot for voters to consider. But Parish President Charlotte Randolph said she is not optimistic, and she suggested the proposal should wait until 2012. More

Razor blade found in North Carolina inmate's medicine
The Sun News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A 76-year-old North Carolina woman was arrested after deputies say she tried to smuggle a razor blade in allergy medicine to her jailed son at the Brunswick County Detention Facility. Deputies said Bryant visited the jail, leaving two money orders and a box of prescription nasal spray for her son. Detention officers gave the nasal spray to the jail nurse, who found a razor blade inside the box. More

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