National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Director Announces Retirement

The National Institute for Jail Operations was informed today that Morris L. Thigpen,longstanding Director of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC),announced his intention to retire at the end of the calendar year. With over 41 years of correctional service and 18 as the Director of NIC,he will be sorely missed.

We appreciate all his efforts to support corrections and particularly to promote resources and training for our jails across the United States. We wish Director Thigpen a well-deserved rest and a most sincere thank you on behalf of all of corrections.


Car Hits Inmate Bus on 10 Freeway in Fontana CA

FONTANA,Ca.- One person suffered a minor injury in a crash involving a sheriff’s jail inmate bus Wednesday morning in Fontana.

San Bernardino County firefighters received a call about the collision at 5:27 a.m. on the westbound 10 Freeway east of Cherry Avenue,dispatchers said.

A car collided with the San Bernardino County sheriff’s bus,which had inmate passengers. Dispatchers did not know how many were on the bus.

None of the inmates were injured,but one person in the other vehicle received a minor injury.


Gordon County GA Inmate Dies After Swallowing Bag of Drugs During Arrest

Gordon County,Ga.- A Calhoun,Ga.,man died Tuesday morning after swallowing drugs before being arrested on Monday night.

Matthew Duane Cobb,28,of Dews Pond Road in Calhoun,was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs after a deputy sheriff stopped him near U.S. 41/State Route 225,according to a news release from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.

Cobb told officers at the scene that he’d swallowed a package of drugs before he was stopped,the release states. He was taken to the Gordon Hospital emergency room,but was later released to the county jail.


Illinois Sheriff Introduces Jail Chess Program

CHICAGO,Il. – Call it the Sheriff’s Gambit. A sheriff in Illinois is turning to kings,queens and rooks to help teach inmates at his jail not to behave like pawns.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart launched a chess program at the county jail in Chicago. The law enforcement officer,known for making unusual moves in the name of justice,hopes inmates can take what they learn from a game that rewards patience and problem-solving and apply it to their own lives.