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Michigan puts its money behind electronic tethers to cut into jail overcrowding
The Flint Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Michigan is about to foot the bill for putting at least 100 inmates on electronic tether, the latest attempt to free up cells in the over-crowded Genesee County jail. State and county officials say the migration of inmates from jail to tether has already started with the state giving the county special help, paying for 135 tether activations since June. The state-funded activations are for inmates who can't afford to pay the charge of electronic monitoring – about $10 per day – but otherwise qualify for the program. More

Alabama judge denies request to block bail bond fees
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A Montgomery County, Ala., judge has denied a request to block temporarily a new state law that adds fees to bail bonds. Several individuals and bail bond companies are plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, which assesses a $35 fee for every bond issued. More

Feds: Mississippi county runs 'school-to-prison pipeline'
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Officials in Lauderdale County, Miss., have operated "a school-to-prison pipeline" that violates the constitutional rights of juveniles by incarcerating them for alleged school disciplinary infractions, some as minor as defiance, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The federal agency's civil rights division seeks "meaningful negotiations" in 60 days to end the constitutional violations or else a federal lawsuit would be filed against state, county and local officials in Meridian, according to a Justice Department letter to those officials. More

Pretrial services fails again: Time to tell the truth
Behind the Paper with Brian Nairin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you have picked up a paper recently you probably have seen story after story about crowded jails. Too many crimes being committed, but not enough jail cells to house those that break the law. So, you are probably wondering why the jails are crowded. More

Chief: Gunman in Texas shootout killed by officers
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VideoBriefThe gunman in a deadly shootout near Texas A&M University had multiple weapons, fired numerous times and was fatally wounded by officers who responded to reports of gunfire, police said. Police would not say whose gunfire struck the six others in the shootout, including a constable and a bystander who died from their wounds. Thomas Alton Caffall III, 35, had "some long guns and pistols" in his home, College Station Police Chief Jeff Capps said, but would not give details and did not say whether the weapons had been obtained legally. More

Georgia jailer fired after sending Facebook friend request to inmate
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Authorities in northeast Georgia say a jail deputy was fired and another resigned after they sent Facebook friend requests to an inmate while she was locked up in the county jail. Oconee County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Lee Weems said that both deputies also had face-to-face conversations of a sexual nature with the 23-year-old inmate. More

Fugitive wanted after blinding waitress
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VideoBriefU.S. Marshals were on the hunt for a Cleveland man they say was part of a group who brutally attacked a woman working at a bar, causing her to lose an eye. They also beat two other bar patrons unconscious and broke the jaw of an off-duty police officer. More

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California counties report fewer fugitive felons
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Fewer felons are skipping out on probation under California's new criminal justice realignment than under the state's old parole system, according to a report. The report obtained by The Associated Press is the first six-month snapshot of trends in all 58 counties. It found that less than 4 percent of felons failed to report to their county probation officers after their release from state prison, compared to 14 percent who faced fugitive arrest warrants for failing to report to their parole officers under the old system. More

Judge: NC suspect must keep monitor bracelet on ankle
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A Superior Court judge in Raleigh, N.C., ordered that Durham novelist and one-time mayoral candidate Mike Peterson must continue wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet while awaiting a new trial in the death of his wife. Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder in the Dec. 9, 2001, death of his wife. Kathleen Peterson was found dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase in the couple's upscale Durham home. More

USA's longest-serving female inmate freed after 49 years
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VideoBriefAfter 49 years behind bars, the nation's longest-serving female inmate is free. Betty Smithey, 69, whose prison term began following her conviction for the murder of a 15-month-old Phoenix girl in 1963, appeared at a parole hearing and later walked, with the aid of a cane, out of the gates of the Perryville, Ariz., state prison. More

Tennessee county begins reforms of beleaguered juvenile court
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Shelby County, Tenn., court officials say they will move the juvenile defense system from juvenile court oversight and place it under the office in charge of defending adults. Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush will be in charge of the attorneys handling cases ranging from vandalism and minor theft to aggravated assault and murder, said Bill Powell, the county's criminal justice coordinator. The public defender's office in Memphis, Tenn., hasn't held that role in 35 years, Bush said. More

California county law enforcement leaders delay vote on jail expansion
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Contra Costa, Calif.'s top law enforcement leaders postponed a vote on a contentious Richmond jail expansion plan after three East Bay legislators issued a last-minute plea for a delay. State Sens. Mark DeSaulnier and Loni Hancock along with Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner asked the Contra Costa Community Corrections Partnership to hold off in light of vocal community opposition to the 150-bed addition to the West County Jail. In their joint letter, they asked the panel to work with them to help "break the cycle of crimes and keep our communities safe." More

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