Prison population reaches record high

Prison population reaches record high
Apr27

OKLAHOMA- More than 62,000 offenders are in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections system, a record high for the state. “What bothers me is back in December we hit a record population of 61,000,” Director Joe Allbaugh wrote in a news release. “It has taken just four months for an additional 1,000 people to be included in our numbers of incarcerated, supervised and county jail backup.” More than half of the...

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Jail program lets inmates learn photography, creative writing, etc.

Jail program lets inmates learn photography, creative writing, etc.
Apr27

CHICAGO, IL- They’re serving time, but also making the most of their time behind bars. A unique program at Cook County Jail gives inmates a sampling of skills ranging from photography to creative writing. Inmates at the Cook County Jail, performing in a drum circle, display a skill which most of them never had before they ended up behind bars. Samuel Vaughn’s doing time for delivering drugs. “Never played the drums, but you...

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Inmate attacks and kills female sergeant in prison, officials say

Inmate attacks and kills female sergeant in prison, officials say
Apr27

WINDSOR, NC- A sergeant at a state prison in eastern North Carolina has died after being attacked by an inmate, state officials say. Inmate Craig Wissink, who has been serving a life sentence for murder since 2004, is suspected of attacking Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan at Bertie Correctional Institution Wednesday evening, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. The prison is near the coast, more than 250 miles east of...

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Prison on Lockdown After Assault That Injured Staff

Prison on Lockdown After Assault That Injured Staff
Apr26

MENARD, IL — A weekend assault at a southern Illinois prison that resulted in injuries has led to the transfer of several inmates to other institutions. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says staff at Menard Correctional Center and inmates involved in the Sunday altercation were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Corrections Department spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says in a statement that upon completion of an investigation...

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Authorities searching for man after improper release at Jail

Authorities searching for man after improper release at Jail
Apr26

HENRICO, VA-  – Authorities are searching for a man who was mistakenly released from Henrico Jail East by a deputy Tuesday. Sources told CBS 6 the inmate was serving time for violating two Protective orders. Investigators have not released the man’s name at this time. The man is described as a white male, 5′ 10” tall, 240 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes. Sources say that the New Kent Sheriff’s Office, Henrico Police, and State...

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County jail overcrowded

County jail overcrowded
Apr26

POCATELLO, ID- The Bannock County Detention Center in Pocatello is currently so overcrowded that some prisoners sleep on mattresses on the floor of the booking area. Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says the jail has far surpassed its 264-person capacity. They’re renting beds in other counties for about 30 inmates, and they have another 30 or so who they’re still trying to find a cell for. “We’re becoming fairly desperate,” Nielsen said....

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