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08Feb

Washtenaw Wipes Prisoner Jail Debt from 2013-20, Ending ‘Financial Burden of Incarceration’

WASHTENAW, MI – The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that outstanding jail debts from between 2013 and 2020 will be forgiven, ending what the sheriff called “an absurd cycle” that can trail an inmate even after release. Under the State Correctional Facility Reimbursement Act, sheriffs can recover any debt incurred while inmates are incarcerated in…

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05Feb

As Lehigh County Jail Officers Get Vaccinated, County Begs Pa. for Help Battling COVID

LEHIGH CO, PA – Lehigh County Jail staff are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as Lehigh County officials beg the state for vaccines, testing supplies and money to combat the virus in the county jail. Officials wrote a Jan. 29 letter asking for vaccinations for inmates, officers and staff at the jail in Allentown as soon…

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Feb

San Quentin Prison Fined More Than $400,000 After Deadly Covid-19 Outbreak

SAN QUENTIN, CA – San Quentin State Prison, where a deadly coronavirus outbreak was reported last summer, has been fined more than $400,000 by the California Department of Industrial Relation’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health for workplace safety violations. According to the notification of penalty issued Monday, the prison, California’s oldest, failed to report coronavirus illnesses or…

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Feb

3 Male Guards Charged in Violent Attack at Women’s Prison in New Jersey

CLIFTON, NJ – Three guards at a New Jersey women’s prison have been charged in connection with a violent attack on inmates last month, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday. On January 11, prison guards removed inmates from their cells and allegedly attacked them at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clifton, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said…

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01Feb

Dauphin County Prison Guards Accused of Concealing Beatings of Inmate With Mental Issues

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Dauphin County Prison guards are accused of filing false reports to conceal alleged beatings of an inmate with mental issues who died in 2019. The new allegation is contained in an amended wrongful death and survival complaint the estate of Ty-Rique Riley and his parents Carmen Riley and Thomas Matthews-Kemrer seek permission…

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Feb

Rikers Island CO Hospitalized in Attack By Inmate

RIKERS ISLAND, NY — A Rikers Island correction officer wound up in the hospital with a bloodied head after he was allegedly assaulted by a gang member, according to union officials. The unidentified member of New York’s Boldest was punched in the head multiple times Saturday night, causing significant bleeding, and was taken to the hospital…

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