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A national health care company is preparing to take over the job of providing medical services at the Lane County Jail in one of several county government moves aimed at reducing costs at the lockup.

In addition to approving a working budget for the coming fiscal, the Oklahoma County Jail Budget Board on Monday also allocated some last-minute supplementary funding for the current fiscal year.

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania could save tens of millions of dollars a year by keeping low-level offenders out of the prison system and instead reserving state prison beds for criminals convicted of the most serious crimes and serving longer terms, consultants said in a report released today.

RICHMOND — About four dozen prisoners at Virginia’s only super-maximum prison began a hunger strike Tuesday, demanding an end to what they call poor conditions, ongoing abuse and the practice of  solitary confinement.

ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) - Budget constraints combined with exploding prison populations are prompting a number of U.S. states, including some of in the politically conservative south, to rethink their criminal codes.

(Thompson, AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 4/19)

California should create an independent board to monitor prison health care after federal oversight ends, according to a report released Thursday by the Legislative Analyst's Office, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.


About six years ago, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson appointed J. Clark Kelso to oversee the state's prison health care system after determining that an average of one inmate per week died as a

result of malpractice or neglect.

In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its inmate population to help improve health care.

Since then, the state has begun shifting low-level offenders to county jails to address prison overcrowding and building new health facilities at prisons.

In January, Henderson said the federal receivership overseeing California's prison health care can end because the state has improved inmate care (California Healthline, 2/24).

LAO released the new report less than two weeks before state officials and attorneys representing inmates are scheduled to recommend to a federal judge whether the receivership should end and

whether the state should maintain oversight of prison health care.

By Ashley Lopez | 01.31.12 | 8:27 am

Pic by Smithers7, via Wikimedia Commons

The National Institute on Money in State Politics released a report yesterday that highlights the money behind the state’s renewed plans to privatize state prisons.

Even though a judge struck down the state’s plans to privatize prisons in some regions of the state last year, the Legislature has fast-tracked bills this session to allow them to take another stab at last year’s plans. In just a few weeks the state’s plans have passed through two committees and are ready for a floor vote.

Gary Mead, executive associate director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations touring the new facility with the press..

KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) – A 608-bed facility unveiled Tuesday in Texas represents what federal officials say is a centerpiece of the Obama administration's pledge to overhaul America's much-maligned system for jailing immigration offenders.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 19:03

Spike Lee Visits Wesley Snipes in Prison

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The director hints about working with the Brooklyn’s Finest star in the future.

By Ronke Idowu Reeves Posted: 03/08/2012 09:45 AM EST

Pictures of Wesley Snipes and Spike Lee shown side by side.
Pennsylvania - Wesley Snipes may currently be a prisoner at McKean Federal Institute, but when his bid is up he may find himself back on the big screen in another Spike Lee joint.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 18:32

Ohio inmates pay for their prison stay

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County has collected nearly $30,000 in two months.  The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A southeastern Ohio prosecutor is trying to help the county's budget by pursuing financial restitution from jail inmates who've been convicted of crimes.