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20Jul

City Jail Closure Leaves Parish in ‘Financially Precarious Position’

OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA – The city of Opelousas has no immediate plans for reopening the city jail, a decision that St. Landry Parish council members contend is putting them in a financially precarious position. Council members and city attorney Travis Broussard discussed the matter at length Wednesday night during a monthly council meeting. During the meeting,…

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Jul

Artwork from Inmates at Virginia Jails Goes on Display at Torpedo Factory

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – After two months in an art class taught by a volunteer artist, Francis Ramirez rediscovered in jail the artistic talents he had as a teenager. He is one of about 55 Fairfax County inmates in an art class whose work is on display at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. The program is run…

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19Jul

Two Inmates – Including a Convicted Sex Offender – Were Set Free by Mistake, SC Cops Say

MONCKS CORNER, SOUTH CAROLINA – Two inmates at a South Carolina jail were released Tuesday. They should not have been freed, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, which said a mistake led to the unwarranted release, counton2.com reported. Jimmy Barry Christopher, a convicted sex offender, and Montez Lamar Phillips-Edgecombe were incarcerated because of probation violations, according…

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18Jul

County Jail in New York Receives Hundreds of Asylum Seekers

ALBANY, NEW YORK—County Sheriff Craig Apple received an inquiry last month from federal immigration officials asking whether the jail he runs could receive hundreds of asylum-seeking migrant detainees. It was an unusual request for the county jail—a 1,043-bed facility next to the city airport. The facility has handled people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs…

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Jul

ICE arrests 37 Criminal Aliens in New Jersey, Many Had Been Released From Jail Despite Detainers

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY— U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office arrested 37 criminal aliens during a five-day operation that concluded Friday, as part of the agency’s ongoing public safety efforts. The operation targeted aliens who were previously incarcerated at the Middlesex County Jail (MCJ), and who were subsequently released to…

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