U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers recently announced major progress for efforts to bring a new maximum-security federal prison to Letcher County, one of the many Eastern Kentucky counties hard hit by the declining coal industry.

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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.

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By Leslie Walker and Jean Trounstine/Guest columnists

MetroWest Daily News
Posted Jan 01, 2012 @ 12:29 AM

Massachusetts prisons are rapidly moving into the ranks of the most overcrowded and expensive in the country — and Metrowest facilities are among the biggest offenders. Two “Three Strikes and You’re Out” bills passed the Massachusetts House and Senate recently will only make a bad situation worse

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Easing transition, fighting recidivism are main goals

10:47 PM, Dec. 15, 2011

Empty Kentucky prison cell block with a guard standing at the end
More cells at the Jefferson County Correction Center will be empty when a mandatory re-entry program takes effect Jan. 3.
Kentucky is poised to release nearly 1,000 inmates about six months early as part of a mandatory new program aimed at easing their transition back into the community, reducing recidivism and helping trim its corrections budget by about $40 million next year.
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