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Published: Friday, April 6, 2012 at 8:14 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 6, 2012 at 8:14 a.m.

As North Carolina's criminal justice system undergoes a transformation whose depth rivals any since 1994, probation officers are adjusting to a laundry list of newly endowed powers, including the ability to confine lawbreakers in jail for up to three days without a court hearing.


As 21 Ohio State Penitentiary inmates continued their hunger strike into its second week, the prison warden vowed that no inmate will be allowed to die of starvation or dehydration on his watch.

HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- By Tennessee law, Sheriff Jim Hammond has to operate Hamilton County Jail. But the expenses go beyond the three square meals a day for the 500 or so inmates.

"We're not a mental health facility, yet that's what we've become," he says.

ALBANY, N.Y.—An audit found that New York's State Insurance Fund paid workers compensation benefits to incarcerated felons, but examiners could not conclude whether private insurers and self-insured employers also paid benefits to any inmates.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- From the outside, the newest addition to West Virginia's correctional system looks a lot like the Holiday Inn it once was, before a highway reconfiguration in Parkersburg cut it off from most of its customers.



Lake County officials said Thursday that federal inspectors found significantly improving conditions within the county jail.



Convicted felons received more than $36,000 in workers' compensation insurance while in prison in recent years, according to a Comptroller's audit released Friday, which recommends closer scrutiny of the benefit intended for injured workers.

YOUNGSTOWN - A group of inmates at the Supermax prison on the city's far East Side have been on a hunger strike for a week.

GRANTS PASS — If Oregon’s rural Josephine County decides against a property tax hike this month, Sheriff Gil Gilbertson told voters he will be the only lawman left who can be called around the clock because of cuts back to staffing levels not seen here since the days of the Wild West.