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States, in an attempt to cut costs, are increasingly outsourcing health care for inmates to for-profit companies, but the trend is raising concerns among unions and prisoners’ rights groups. 

 In less than 16 months, Chris Nocco, the sheriff of Pasco County, has gone from Chris Who to the Chris Wow. Gov. Rick Scott appointed Nocco, 36, as sheriff in spring 2011 to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Bob White.

On a patch of tilled earth off Warren Road in Ithaca, near where the community’s incarcerated pay in time their debt for past mistakes, the seeds have been planted and the soil meticulously maintained.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has started checking the roll of people receiving unemployment benefits to find those who might be ineligible because they’re in jail.










Charging more for room and board, getting rid of incentive pay tied to certain inmate work and ensuring offenders are charged for their phone calls are among the tough-on-crime changes Mr. Toews said will

save a total of more than $10-million each year. He calls the changes accountability measures. But inmate advocates say the cost-cutting measures toy with chances for rehabilitation.

Ohio would readily welcome some ex-inmates back into the workforce under a bill that's expected to be signed by the Governor.

Friday, 15 June 2012 21:09

MS DOC Sticks with Private Prisons

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Sometime between the 8:45 p.m. and the 9:15 p.m. staff shift change on July 30, 2010, Tracy Alan Province, John Charles McCluskey and Daniel Kelly Renwick escaped from Arizona State Prison-Kingman. Just after 10 p.m., perimeter-patrol officers discovered a 30-by-22-inch hole in the fence. Two hours after the prison determined the inmates had escaped, Arizona Department of Corrections assumed command and the U.S. Marshals Service launched a manhunt.

Terrell McCullum did not commit a Federal crime by carrying a shotgun and a rifle out of his ex-girlfriend’s house.

Everything is bigger in Texas, the saying goes, and that is now also true of its prison system.

Floodwaters from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads throughout the Florida Panhandle, cutting power to the county jail and sending residents to emergency shelters as the area braced for additional rains Sunday.