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24Jan

Escaped Florida Inmate Caught After Multi-County Search

OKEECHOBEE, FL –  Authorities say a Florida inmate who escaped while working on his outside work squad assignment in Okeechobee is back behind bars after a multi-county search. Timothy L. Howton-McLaughlin, 28, was caught Friday morning in Indian River County. The Sheriff’s Office said witnesses led deputies to an area where they believe Howton-McLaughlin was. That’s when a deputy…

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Jan

Idaho Wants to Send 1,000 Prisoners to Live in Closed Private Prison on Colorado’s Eastern Plains

IDAHO/ COLORADO — The Idaho prison system may send more than 1,000 inmates to live in a shuttered private prison on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, revitalizing an industry that many of the state’s leaders are trying to end. The Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington closed in 2016 but its owner, private prison giant CoreCivic, is…

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23Jan

Inmate’s Letter Praising Carver County Jail Goes Viral

CARVER CO, MN — “The cleanliness and maintenance of this facility is exceptional,” read the letter to the Carver County sheriff, neatly printed on notebook paper. “Also, your bailiffs, program staff and all corrections officers have been nothing short of patient, respectful and encouraging; adding humor on the days when it’s needed most.” Letters from jailed inmates…

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Jan

Opinion: What Should Criminal Justice Reform Look Like in 2020?

UNITED STATES — In Michigan last week, a special task force on jails and pretrial incarceration released 18 policy recommendations to the state Legislature, recommendations which included diverting people with behavioral health and substance abuse problems from prisons and shortening maximum probation terms for felonies. Michigan’s efforts to implement criminal justice reforms come on the heels of…

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