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    • Jails offer micro markets instead of vending machines March 30, 2015
      By Julio Ojeda-Zapata Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Police officers dropping off detainees at the Dakota County Jail in the wee hours used to face a daunting challenge: getting something good, and fresh, to eat. Vending machines wouldn't cut it. Pizza and sandwich shops didn't deliver at that late hour. Queuing up at fast-food […]
    • Face-to-face jail visits becoming rare as video trend sets in March 30, 2015
      An increasing number of jails are switching over to video visitation as a more efficient, less expensive alternative to in-person visits. (Photo Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)
    • Programs key in 18 percent drop in Pa. youth cases March 30, 2015
      By Marcia Moore The Daily Item MIDDLEBURG — Juvenile delinquency is on the decline in Snyder County, and across Pennsylvania, as more proactive programs are being offered to help strengthen families and connect youth to their community. “We’ve had a drastic drop in juvenile cases overall,” said Craig Fasold, probation chief in Snyder County, where […]
    • Ky. jail hopes county can provide full-body scanner March 30, 2015
      Inmate work-release program is bringing contraband, and a body scanner would solve the issue
    • Ala sheriff: Training not enough for mental health care crisis March 30, 2015
      Weakness is not training, but in lack of treatment options available
    • Toilets, lingerie, shacking up: Some of Florida's odd bills March 30, 2015
      By Brendan Farrington Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida legislators filed more than 1,700 bills for consideration during their two-month session that ends in May. Some are routine, some deal with high-profile issues such as abortion and guns, and some are just odd. Here's a look at a few that fall into the last category: […]
    • Officials argue need for reform to Pa.'s death penalty system March 30, 2015
      By Naomi Creason The Sentinel CASLISLE, Pa. — The death penalty is a tool prosecutors use to punish those who commit the most grievous crimes against society. Some officials and associations, however, believe that not enough is being done to ensure those on death row actually committed the crimes or deserve the punishment of death. […]
    • How good are 'scared straight' programs at deterring juvenile crime? March 30, 2015
      By Wendy Holdren ?The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va. BECKLEY, W. Va. — Scared Straight programs, established in the 1970s, are used throughout the U.S. as a means of deterring juvenile crime by taking selected juveniles to an adult jail, where youth experience the harsh realities of prison life. "Scared Straight is controversial because recent studies show […]
    • Criminal code changes get mixed reviews in Southern Indiana March 30, 2015
      By Gary Popp The Evening News and The Tribune SOUTHERN INDIANA — With more than six months of hindsight, area prosecutors say they are less than satisfied with the modifications made to the Indiana criminal code last year. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull and Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson each said state legislators were too […]
    • Attorneys: TDOC does not have lethal injection drugs March 30, 2015
      By Stacey Bearchenger WBIR NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Corrections will not say if it has the chemicals needed to execute inmates via lethal injection. Attorneys for inmates challenging the state's protocol say the drugs are not on hand. And an opportunity for the attorneys to ask prison supervisors about the drug supply did […]

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