All Articles: News Briefs

March 2016 News Briefs

Denver, Colo. — After filing a complaint accusing prison officials of falsifying figures of the mentally ill and violent inmates, a former statistician for the state Department of Corrections will receive more than $260,000 plus accrued leave time in a settlement, The Associated Press reports. The statistician, Maureen O’Keefe, said that the state silenced her […]

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February 2016 News Briefs

Alaska — In December the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission released recommendations that include re-evaluating pretrial practices, focusing on incarceration for serious and violent offenders, strengthening parole and probation to keep Alaskans from re-offending and prioritizing the needs of crime victims. If adopted, the commission says significant reductions in the state’s prison population would occur and […]

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January 2016 News Briefs

Sacramento – At the start of next year, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Secretary Jeffrey Beard is stepping down to return to his family in Pennsylvania, reports Los Angeles Times reporter Paige St. John. “When he took the job in December 2012, he thought he might be here for a couple of years but […]

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December 2015 News Briefs

Bismarck, N.D.— “There are too many inmates and not enough capacity,” said Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, The Associated Press reports. Prison administrators blame the state’s overcrowded prisons on people coming to the state to work on the oil fields. The prisons are holding 500 more inmates than […]

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November 2015 News Briefs

Tucson, Ariz.—“Felons are our best clients,” said Les Boynton, CEO of the apartment company Second Chance Rentals, to The Associated Press. “They value their housing.” The Phoenix-based company is expanding operations to Tucson. Pittsburgh, PA — Lewis Fogle, 63, served 34 years in prison after being convicted of raping and killing a 15-year-old girl. In […]

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October 2015 News Briefs

1. Sacramento – A spike in suicide and attempted suicides in a California women’s prison is raising concerns, The Associated Press reports. Four suicides and 20 attempts were reported in the past 18 months at the California Institution for Women in San Bernardino County. Before then there were only three suicides in 14 years. A […]

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September 2015 News Briefs

Sacramento — For the first time since 2006, California has regained full control of the inmate healthcare system in one of its prisons, The Associated Press reports. J. Clark Kelso, the overseer of prison medical care and spending, returned responsibility for the health of some 2,400 inmates at Folsom State Prison on June 8, to […]

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August 2015 News Briefs

San Quentin — Death of condemned inmate Michael Lamont Jones, 44, is being investigated as a possible suicide, prison officials said. He was pronounced dead, May 25 at 3:51 p.m. San Quentin — A group of Death Row inmates has filed a federal lawsuit against the state for keeping them in the Adjustment Center at […]

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July 2015 News Briefs

Roseburg, Ore. — Jesse Stuart Fanus has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for a 1998 murder that once had him on Death Row. The death sentence was overturned on appeal in 2012 and a retrial led to life imprisonment, the Roseburg News-Review reported. Jerome, Idaho — Jaimi Charboneau has been released on […]

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June 2015 News Briefs

Spokane, Wash. — A jury has awarded $8 million to the family of inmate Dale Stahl, who died in 2012, The Associated Press reports. The lawsuit claims guards ignored Stahl’s medical condition and kept him restrained after he had a diabetic seizure. Sacramento — Three years after California began sending lower-level offenders to local lockups […]

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