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20May

Authorities searching for escaped jail inmate in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, TN (AP) – Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped a northwest Tennessee jail last month. The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday that Herman Parker was on trusty staus when he walked away from the Dyer County Jail on April 19. A trusty is an inmate who is granted special privileges as a…

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May

Dutchess Jail shelters 80-plus homeless each day, offers services amid crisis

Most days for the last two months, amid a coronavirus pandemic in which the best course of action is to stay indoors and away from others, at least 80 otherwise homeless individuals have been given shelter at the Dutchess County Jail. On many days the number has been 20-30 people higher. And while there, members of…

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19May

Suspect accused of assaulting 7 deputies at Denver jail

Denver, CO —  suspect is being investigated for assault on seven deputies after having to be restrained Saturday morning at the Downtown Detention Center, according to the Denver Sheriff Department. The incident occurred about 7 a.m. Saturday when the suspect was being brought into custody in the jail’s intake area, said a Sheriff Department spokesperson. Seven…

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May

Jail releases possibly more dangerous than outbreak

Hawaii – Letters by the Big Island’s prosecutor and a pair of Oahu legislators object to the manner in which inmates are being released pursuant to a state Supreme Court order that seeks to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in Hawaii’s jails and prisons.   A May 12 letter by Hawaii County Prosecutor Mitch Roth…

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May

Utah jails want Supreme Court ruling in fight with ACLU over coronavirus response

Salt Lake City, UT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is ready to drop its lawsuit against Salt Lake County, which originally claimed the county didn’t do what it should to stop the coronavirus from entering the jail. That’s not good enough for county leaders. Instead, they want the lawsuit to go forward and…

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May

Crime-spree suspect avoided jail due to COVID-19 booking restrictions, then nearly killed someone

ESCONDIDO, CA – A 22-year-old man now accused in a near fatal stabbing in Escondido last weekend was contacted by police at least six times over the past two weeks, but avoided jail during that time because of recent changes in booking criteria meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, police said. Timothy Michael…

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