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18Jan

What Went Wrong With This Foundation-Backed Effort to Lower Jail Populations?

USA – We have written often about the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s work to reform criminal justice systems. Through its Safety and Justice Challenge, launched in 2015, MacArthur has awarded $148 million to 52 cities and counties committed to criminal justice reform. By many indications, MacArthur’s investments are starting to show positive…

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Jan

Jail Takes Precautions Against Hepatitis A

MIDDLETON, MASSACHUSETTS— More than 900 inmates at the Middleton jail and two other Essex County correctional facilities have been vaccinated against hepatitis A amid a national outbreak of the highly contagious disease. Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger said the vaccinations appear to have prevented an outbreak, with only a “minimum” of inmates having contracted hepatitis A….

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Jan

Multnomah County Jail Inmates Attacks on Corrections Deputies are on the Rise

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OREGON – Fights, assaults and botched escape attempts have raised concerns about safety at Multnomah County’s two jails. Multnomah County sheriff’s corrections deputies are being attacked in numbers officials say are highly unusual. In the first two weeks of January, there were eight assaults on staff, according to a union spokesman. Several deputies…

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