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Private prison company may take over Virginia sex offender center
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Virginia is in the final stages of reviewing proposals that would privatize a mental health treatment facility for sex offenders who can be held indefinitely under state law, according to state officials and a private prison company seeking a contract to operate the institution. The GEO Group, the nation's second-largest private prison operator, and Liberty Healthcare Corp., which manages mental health institutions, are vying to manage the 300-bed state facility, known as the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation. More

Fugitive attempts to steal plane, commits suicide
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A wanted fugitive committed suicide after a failed attempt at stealing a SkyWest Airlines plane from the St. George Municipal Airport in St. George City, Utah. A representative for St. George City said Brian Hedglin gained access to the tarmac by placing a rug over the razor wire fence at the airport's perimeter. Hedglin then got inside a plane, taxied it away from a jet bridge and clipped the jet bridge with the aircraft's left wing. The plane eventually stopped on the east side of the terminal building. Sources confirmed that Hedglin was a captain with SkyWest Airlines who was on administrative leave at the time of the incident. More

California to start bringing back inmates in out-of-state prisons
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With severe overcrowding easing in state lockups, California is winding down a controversial deal with the nation's biggest private prison operator and will bring thousands of inmates housed in facilities as far away as Mississippi back to California within the next few years. Currently, some 9,500 state inmates are serving sentences in prisons in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma operated by the Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America. More

Fugitive murderer could be today's terrorist
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A fugitive murderer from New Jersey could be tried as a terrorist because he helped hijack an airliner in 1972, a former FBI agent who worked on the case for 17 years recently said. R.J. Gallagher told Congress that George Wright, convicted in the murder of a New Jersey gas station owner a half-century ago, should not be allowed to continue living a normal life in Portugal — where he was tracked down after 40 years at large and allowed to remain after courts rejected extradition. More

Early releases hurt California bail bond businesses
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Early inmate releases from the Fresno County, Calif., Jail have done more than just frustrate law enforcement officials and put local residents on edge. They have hammered the local bail bond industry. At Lucky Bail Bonds, owner Barry Pearlstein said business is down 60 percent over the past four years. Albert Ramirez Jr. says business at Albert Ramirez Bail Bonds is half what it was four years ago. The reason is simple: If inmates are being released because of an overcrowded jail, they don't need to post bail. Without bail, there is little need for a bail bond agent. More

Hundreds of Idaho inmates to be sent out of state
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Up to 800 Idaho prisoners could ultimately be transported to a Colorado prison, beginning with an initial group of 250 inmates. The Idaho Department of Correction recently indicated that the number could grow to 450 within a year, but the new two-year agreement between IDOC and the Corrections Corporation of America says that as many as 800 prisoners could be shipped to the Kit Carson Correctional Center in Burlington, Colo. More

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North Carolina bail bondsmen now have 1 choice for training
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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed into law a bill leaving a private organization that trains North Carolina bail bondsmen without any competition. The law requires bondsmen to receive training from the N.C. Bail Agents Association. That group's lone competitor — N.C. Bail Academy — will no longer be allowed to offer the training necessary to attain or retain a license to operate as a bondsman. More

Plan announced to ease crowded Chicago jails
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Cook County, Ill., is taking action on a plan to make Chicago's overcrowded jails a little less packed. County board president Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke recently announced a new plan to release prisoners on home electronic monitoring if they have a low cash bond but can't afford to post the required 10 percent. "If you have a crowded jail system and you are able to release a number of the defendants who should be released, the effect is they'll be out and there will be more room in the jail," Preckwinkle recently explained. More

Montana officials developing plans to reduce jail overcrowding
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Lewis and Clark County, Mont., officials are in the middle of a long process of creating ways to cut down the number of inmates at Lewis and Clark County Detention Center. The jail is currently well over where its daily inmate average should be. According to a study by the National Institute of Corrections, Lewis and Clark County has 87 inmates daily. That number includes inmates moved to Broadwater County, Mont., due to limited space. More

Opinion: Bowling, as bail condition
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, a federal judge ordered the pretrial release of an alleged robber on the condition that he read and write book reports for 90 minutes daily. Just last week, in Florida, a county judge's new bail order forbade George Zimmerman, who claims self-defense in the death of Trayvon Martin, to drink alcohol or go out after 6 p.m. Of course, these orders are not themselves grave injustices, but they all raise similar and serious legal questions. They spotlight a pervasive phenomenon hiding in plain sight: The abuse of bail and other pretrial release powers for punitive and rehabilitative purposes. More

Longtime American fugitive is arrested selling time shares at airport in Mexico
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When he fled the United States over two decades ago, Vincent Legrend Walters was considered a violent drug dealer, accused of killing a woman in a botched kidnapping before vanishing, presumably with a small fortune. But when agents from the U.S. Marshals Service last week tracked down Walters, who was on their list of the 15 most wanted fugitives, they were surprised to find him in a more sedate career: Selling time shares to tourists in the Mexican resort town of Cancún. More

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Texas fugitive captured in Mexico
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Javier Cortez Jr., 32, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, was in custody after his capture in Mexico and his extradition to the U.S. The $15,000 reward will be paid on three tips that helped lead to his capture. Cortez, a Tango Blast gang member, faces a 2010 Harris County murder charge that stems from a robbery in which an accomplice shot the 29-year-old victim twice, and Cortez allegedly stood over the victim and shot him nine more times. More

Man, son denied bail in shooting of ICE agent
The Associated Press via Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge recently denied bail for a father and son charged in the shooting of a federal immigration agent conducting surveillance near their South Texas home. U.S. magistrate judge Peter Ormsby called the charges very troubling and said evidence presented by another agent who was conducting surveillance that night and the pair's previous encounters with the law convinced him that Pedro Alvarado, 41, and his 18-year-old son, Arnoldo Alvarado, should be held pending trial. More

Fugitive has residents of South Dakota towns on alert
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Ever since hearing about the escape of Oscar Herrera-Menjivar, residents living between Spencer and Emery, S.D., have been on alert. The inmate was being transported back to the Omaha, Neb., area by a private company after being arrested in Florida. They stopped for gas near Spencer recently and the 31-year-old fugitive hasn't been seen since. Court documents say Herrera-Menjivar raped a 14-year-old girl at the end of May and has been on the run ever since. More

LA has lowest crime among big US cities, figures show
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At the year's midway point, crime rates in Los Angeles generally have continued their decade-long decline, according to police figures recently released. The crime totals were announced by Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a morning news conference. They heralded the continued fall in violent crimes with Beck calling Los Angeles "the safest big city in America." More

American businessman in Dubai released on bail
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American businessman Zack Shahin has been released on bail pending trial after more than four years in a Dubai jail, a U.S. Embassy official in the United Arab Emirates recently said. The detention of the Ohio-raised businessman and a recent hunger strike he launched to urge authorities to hear his case threatened to strain relations between the United States and one of its top Gulf allies. More

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