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08Jan

Monroe County Jail on Lockdown After Prisoner Revolt Ends Peacefully

ALLENTOWN, PA — A few Monroe County jail inmates refused to be locked in their cells, forced corrections officers out and barricaded themselves inside, and used broken broom handles as makeshift weapons in a Wednesday night revolt that prompted an ongoing lockdown, prison officials said. No one was hurt in the “maximum custody housing unit…

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Jan

Seven Inmates Sue Vigo Sheriff, County Jail

GOSHEN, IN — Seven inmates in the Vigo County Jail have filed federal lawsuits claiming unsanitary housing conditions and failure to protect inmates from COVID-19. The inmates are representing themselves and filed their lawsuits as letters to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The letters include statements from inmates Brad White, Durand…

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05Jan

After 22 Years In Prison, He’s Now Giving Incarcerated Men A Second Chance Through Entrepreneurship

HOUSTON, TX — Bryan Kelley first encountered the Prison Entrepreneurship Program while he was incarcerated. Today, he’s the organization’s CEO and lives in Houston. He says he works to give men who leave prison the opportunity to play to their strengths by being their own boss. “I encountered PEP [Prison Entrepreneurship Program] as an inmate….

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Jan

Oklahoma Co. Jail Officials Identify Inmate Killed by Cellmate

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Officials with the Oklahoma County Detention Center have now identified an inmate who was killed by his cellmate over the weekend and they’ve released more details about how he was killed. “It’s a tragedy. Nobody goes to jail to be killed,” Greg Williams, Oklahoma County Detention Center Administrator, told KFOR on…

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Jan

Two Inmates Escape from Okanogan County Jail

OKANOGAN COUNTY, WA — Two inmates escaped from the Okanogan County Jail on Tuesday morning, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley. The sheriff’s office said they are currently investigating how the inmates escaped. The sheriff’s office was notified that 53-year-old Christian White and 28-year-old Kristofer Wittman escaped from the jail around 6:15 a.m. on…

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04Jan

California Jails Use Kinder Approach to Solitary Confinement

SACRAMENTO, CA — An inmate in solitary confinement at a California jail was refusing to leave his cell. The jailers’ usual response: Send an “extraction team” of corrections officers to burst into the cell and drag him out. But not in Contra Costa County, one of three in the state using a kinder, gentler approach…

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