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10mg valium cost Mississippi corrections officials have saved about $5 million in seven years by releasing 89 terminally ill inmates to their homes or other care facilities.

They are just a fraction of the 21,432 prisoners in the state's corrections system and also represent a small number of those released early for various reasons.

But they are among the most expensive to keep behind bars, so their release often yields the biggest savings.

Of those freed on medical release, some have suffered from cancer, lung disease, heart failure, liver disease and AIDS among other terminal illnesses.

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U.S. Muslim inmates sue over meal preparation

    Muslim Inmate in federal Prison
    This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Abdul Awkal. valium rx 7 Muslim inmates say the xanax ativan valium and librium Ohio prison system is denying them meals prepared according to Islamic law, known as halal, while at the same time providing kosher meals to Jewish prisoners, according to a federal lawsuit that alleges a civil rights violation. Awkal says the prison system's failure to provide the halal meals is a restraint on his religious freedoms. (AP Photo/ valium obe Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction,File)
     October 3, 2011 8:35 PM

    COLUMBUS, valium alcohol death Ohio - A Muslim death row inmate says the what plant is valium made from Ohio state prison system is denying him meals prepared according to Islamic law while at the same time providing kosher meals to diazepam con alcohol efectos Jewish prisoners, according to a federal lawsuit that alleges a civil rights violation.

    The state said Monday that it has already removed pork from its menus in response to the lawsuit brought by condemned inmate Abdul Awkal, who argues the prison system's failure to provide halal meals is a restraint on his religious freedoms.  Awkal, joined by a second inmate not on death row, says the vegetarian and non-pork options offered by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction aren't good enough. The inmates say food must be prepared in specific fashion, such as ensuring that an animal is butchered by slitting its throat and draining its blood, to conform to Islamic beliefs."The issue of eating Halal meals is especially important to me because I face a death sentence," Awkal said in a filing in federal court earlier this year. "It is important to me that I follow the requirements of my faith as I approach death.

    "The state's recent decision to drop pork from all meals accommodates religious preferences without jeopardizing security, said Carlo LoParo, spokesman for the state corrections department. It "eliminates any doubt that Muslims or any inmate who has a specific prohibition against pork products receives pork inadvertently or otherwise," he said.But Monday's announcement doesn't solve that meat isn't slaughtered in the appropriate way for diazepam alcohol detox Muslim inmates who adhere to religious tradition, said David Singleton, executive director of the 6 mg diazepam and alcohol Ohio Justice and Policy Center, which brought the lawsuit on Awkal's behalf. He said the lawsuit will continue.
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    Prison Guards walking the parimeter outside the Florence Federal Prison
    Guards walk along the fence at the federal prison in Florence, Colo. Misconduct… (Bob Daemmrich / AFP-Getty Images)

    September 29, 2011|By Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau

    Washington — Arrests of federal prison guards soared nearly 90% over the last decade, possibly because of poor hiring practices during a 25% increase in prison growth, the Justice Department's inspector general reported.

    Misconduct investigations doubled, and more than half of the offenses were committed during the officers' first two years on the job. The inspector general recommended that the Federal Bureau of Prisons improve its background investigation of job applicants and find better ways to assess rookie officers. Such arrests have risen 90% over the last decade, according to findings by the Justice Department's inspector general.But other factors have contributed to the problem, including private prisons and increasing numbers of female prisoners and young offenders in federal facilities, the inspector general found.

     Sunday, October 2, 2011

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Releasing 89 terminally ill inmates has saved Mississippi about $5 million over seven years, corrections officials say. Releasing terminally ill prisoners lets the state avoid costly health treatments and is more humane for inmates facing their final days, officials say. Some were released to their homes, others to care facilities.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state's prisons chief is trying to limit violence linked to gangs and isolate their leaders by putting troublemakers in new units where they could be restricted to their cells nearly around the clock.

    The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported Sunday that Ohio's 50,000 inmates have been warned that they could face stiffer punishments if they fight with staff or one another.

    "I have directed ... every institution to begin enforcing higher penalties against inmates who are combative with staff and refuse an order to stop fighting (or) assaulting," Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr wrote to inmates in an Aug. 12 memo.

    "I cannot and will not tolerate this behavior."

    September 29, 2011

    The federal prison system, grappling with a rise in officer misconduct investigations, should devise a plan to better assess job candidates to eliminate potentially unsuitable applicants, a U.S. Justice Department watchdog report concluded.

    The report, published today by the DOJ’s inspector general office, examined the hiring practice at the federal Bureau of Prisons amid the increasing number of misconduct investigations and arrests.

    The prison bureau's internal affairs office opened more than 4,600 misconduct investigations last year, double the number from a decade ago. Thirty-four corrections officers were arrested in fiscal year 2010, up from 18 reported arrests in 2001.

    Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer,Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle


    Sacramento --

    Starting Monday, California will radically change the way it sentences criminals, sending the first of thousands to serve time behind bars in their local county jails instead of in state prisons.

    Drug dealers, shoplifters and other felons deemed to be nonviolent or non-sex offenders will become wards of the counties in which they are convicted, under a plan signed in April by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the flow of inmates entering the overcrowded california prison system.

    The plan also changes parole rules so that thousands of inmates who are released from state prisons will no longer be considered "parolees" nor be supervised by state parole officers. Instead those inmates who served time for nonviolent, non-sex offenses will be "probationers" who are monitored by county probation officers - and the supervision period will be shortened.

    Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten recently called Brown's plan the most "significant reform of California sentencing law in a generation."

    Critics, meanwhile, have warned that the plan, known as realignment, will overwhelm counties with offenders who should be locked up in state prisons.

    When Mark Melvin asked his friend to order him a Pulitzer Prize-winning history book, he didn't expect to have to file a lawsuit in order to read it.

    But Melvin is currently in jail, and the book in question, "Slavery By Another Name" by Douglas A Blackmon, was returned to its sender by officials at the Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery, AL who allegedly claimed it to be "a security threat."

    His case highlights the arbitrary censorship faced every day by America's prisoners at the hands of over-zealous officials, who deprive prisoners of access to thousands of books, magazines and newspapers.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons regulations state that publications can only be rejected if they are found to be "detrimental to the security, good order, or discipline of the institution or if it might facilitate criminal activity." That description is generally understood to include content such as explanations on how to make explosives, martial arts training manuals and books containing maps of the prison and its surrounding area.

    Parolee wearing electronic monitoring on his ankle
    The use of electronic tagging has grown rapidly since it was first used in 1999 by courts to enforce curfews. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

    More than 30 firms said to be keen to bid for new contracts as Ken Clarke seeks to improve confidence in alternatives to prison.

    Ministers are preparing for a massive expansion in offenders electronic tagging , with private security companies being invited to bid for more than £1bn worth of contracts next month.

    The use of electronic tagging has grown rapidly since it was first used in 1999 by courts in England and Wales to enforce curfews. Now more than 20,000 offenders are monitored by private security firms on any given day.The current eight-year contracts, which are held by G4S and Serco electronic monitoring services, are due to end shortly.

    Posted: Sep 28, 2011 8:01 PM EDT Updated: Sep 28, 2011 8:32 PM EDT
    Victims Advocacy

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One local non-profit group is helping convicted felons take responsibility for their actions through mentoring. You Have the Power's Victim Impact Classes offer inmates the change to think and discuss the pain their actions have caused others

    David Harris, a convicted felon who spent years in prison, is now working to uphold the laws he once broke. Harris works with The Tennessee Department of Correction "You Have the Power" to help inmates understand how they've affected their victims.