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should denver’s two jails reinstate in-person visits between inmates and their f


as the denver sheriff department prepares to introduce a new way for inmates to communicate with their family and friends, the city's police watchdog is raising questions about whether the department should re-instate face-to-face meetings at the jails.






banning in-person jail visits is foolish and needlessly cruel


as a movement has taken hold to get california’s jails and prisons to operate more efficiently while releasing inmates who are better able to successfully reenter society, there have been occasional steps in the opposite direction. one of the most destructive has been a trend to ban in-person visits...






families fear mistreatment of inmates after prison uprising


families of inmates at a delaware prison where one staffer was killed during a hostage situation are expressing concerns about their safety as phone calls and visits remain restricted, but department of correction officials are denying allegations that prisoners have been beaten.






no, denver jail should not allow in-person visits with inmates


banning in-person visitation was not only a great idea for safety regarding the visitor and the guards on duty, but it also showed a new level of discipline to the convict.






most prisoners are parents too. it's unconscionable to keep their children from


to the editor: in addition to being foolish and cruel, banning in-person visits to inmates likely contributes to intergenerational trauma. (“banning in-person jail visits is foolish and needlessly cruel,” editorial, may 30) most incarcerated adults have minor child-ren, and many will return to...






families fear mistreatment of inmates after prison uprising


dover, del. (ap) — families of inmates at a delaware prison where one staffer was killed during a hostage situation are expressing concerns about their safety as phone calls and visits remain restricted. a lockdown remained in place monday at james t. vaughn correctional center, where correctional officer steven floyd was killed and three other […]






violence spiking inside denver’s jails leaves sheriff’s department with question


inmates inside denver's two jails assaulted each other six times as often in 2016 as they did four years ago, just one indicator that sheriff's deputies are dealing with more violence on their jobs.






violence and inhumane conditions plague orange county jails, aclu report alleges


sheriff’s deputies working at orange county jails have assaulted inmates, instigated fights and verbally abused them, according to a report released tuesday by the american civil liberties union of southern california. the report also alleges that holding cells for the inmates are filthy, smeared...






red cross to israel: allow visits to palestinians on strike


the international committee of the red cross has urged israel not to restrict family visits for hundreds of hunger-striking palestinian prisoners held in israeli jails.






drone “drug drop” worries spur push to restrict air above south bay jails


county supervisors want to restrict drone activity around santa clara county jails to prevent airborne "drug drops" to inmates.






policy changes to fight drugs coming to virginia prisons


richmond, va. (ap) — virginia’s department of corrections is changing visitation and mail policies after inmate overdose deaths. the richmond times-dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2oi7peo) that among the changes taking effect this month, inmates will change into specially issued clothes for visits and be searched before and after visits; inmates will receive photocopies of mail and visitors’ […]






families sue pierce county over jail medical care — and county sues company that


cowlitz, clark and kitsap counties also face lawsuits that allege inmates received poor or questionable medical care while being held at jails.






oroville evacuation: 500 inmates moved to alameda county jails


alameda county has accepted more than 500 inmates from butte county who were evacuated because of the flooding danger from the oroville dam.






computer crash leads to lock down at denver jails


a computer crash at the denver sheriff department led to a lock down tuesday at the downtown detention center and the county jail on smith road as sheriff patrick firman asked police to stop dropping off inmates.






lake county, ind., may issue $8m bond for legal settlements, including for famil


the lake county council is considering an $8.2 million bond to cover settlements in lawsuits, with nearly $5 million of that going to the families of two inmates who died in the jail. the proposed bond covers the judgments in 10 cases, nine of which involve the lake county sheriff's department...






will new measures in uk jails work?


convicted "terrorists" and so-called "radicals" in britain to be moved to a special unit, separated from other inmates.






will new measures in uk jails work?


convicted 'terrorists' and so-called 'radicals' in britain to be moved to a special unit, separated from other inmates.






guards at ny’s rikers jail sue, say city making it unsafe


new york (ap) — the nation’s largest municipal jail guard union sued new york city on friday, saying recent sweeping changes in city’s jails have empowered violent inmates and endangered correction officers. the lawsuit in manhattan federal court alleged violence in city jails has increased 18 percent since the city instituted changes to how guards […]






half of the inmates shouldn't be here, says cook county sheriff


at one of the largest jails in the u.s., sheriff tom dart sees his job as not just keeping people in jail, but helping some of them get out






half the inmates shouldn't be here, says cook county sheriff


at one of the largest jails in the u.s., sheriff tom dart sees his job as not just keeping people in jail, but helping some get out






lee baca's conviction give the inmates beaten in l.a. county jails some justice


to the editor: finally, with the conviction of ex-los angeles county sheriff lee baca, we have some justice for the many former jail inmates who were routinely beaten. (“former l.a. county sheriff lee baca found guilty on obstruction of justice and other charges,” march 15) years ago, my brother...






denver sheriff: city jails are crowded, violence is up


the city's jails are crowded and violence inside is up, but denver sheriff patrick firman told a city council committee wednesday that he does not have answers as to why both are happening.






official: delaware prison inmates take 5 hostages, free 1


inmates at a delaware prison held five corrections department workers hostage for hours before releasing one injured person, according to state police, who were working with other authorities on negotiations as night fell.






denver sheriff’s deputies punished after inmates kept too long behind bars


two denver jail inmates were held beyond their release dates after deputies, who said they were overworked, made mistakes when entering information into computerized records.






visits canceled in wake of inmate drug use at penitentiary


lincoln, neb. (ap) — officials say they tightened security and further restricted prisoner movement after discovery of drug use by some inmates at the nebraska state penitentiary in lincoln. the correctional services department said in a news release sunday that at least 15 inmates are suspected of using k2, synthetic marijuana. the prison canceled all […]






surging number of jail inmates posing threat to anoka mental hospital


the share of anoka-metro’s population coming from jails has nearly tripled since 2013, according to state data released last week.






minnesota county jails do brisk business with immigration authorities


populations rise at five jails that house detainees.






surging number of jail inmates posing safety threat to anoka state mental hospit


the share of anoka-metro’s population coming from jails has nearly tripled since 2013, according to state data released last week.






bill limiting solitary confinement goes to governor


the bill would prohibit jails and prisons from placing in solitary confinement inmates who are pregnant, mentally ill or younger than 18.






surging population of jail inmates still posing safety threat to anoka state men


the share of anoka-metro’s population coming from jails has nearly tripled since 2013, according to state data released last week.






former la county sheriff guilty of obstructing fbi probe


former los angeles county sheriff lee baca was convicted wednesday of obstructing an fbi investigation into corrupt and violent guards who took bribes to smuggle contraband into the jails he ran and savagely beat inmates.






ex-la county sheriff convicted of impeding fbi's jail probe


former los angeles county sheriff lee baca was convicted wednesday of obstructing an fbi investigation into corrupt guards who took bribes to smuggle contraband into the jails he ran and savagely beat inmates.






guards at ny's rikers jail sue, say city making it unsafe


the nation's largest municipal jail guard union sued new york city on friday, saying recent sweeping changes in city's jails have empowered violent inmates and endangered correction officers.






public defenders file lawsuit over harassment by inmates


chicago (ap) — female public defenders have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in chicago, saying cook county officials failed to protect them from inmates who masturbate during jail visits and at courthouse holding cells. the federal lawsuit describes encounters in which detainees masturbate and leer at lawyers. it seeks class action status on behalf of […]






for iranian-americans, trump travel ban keeps families apart


weddings have been moved and family visits delayed.