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U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers recently announced major progress for efforts to bring a new maximum-security federal prison to Letcher County, one of the many Eastern Kentucky counties hard hit by the declining coal industry.

A lockdown is in its second day at a southwestern Pennsylvania state prison where officials say inmates have attacked staff members twice in the last two weeks.

Up to 10 tornadoes swept through north Texas on Wednesday night, leaving six people dead, dozens injured and widespread destruction. 

Monday, 22 October 2012 20:07

Avenal prison to block cellphones

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California prison officials will start using new cellphone-blocking technology at a central San Joaquin Valley prison this week, the first step to rolling it out systemwide.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), directed by Gary Mohr, has released a statement saying that it would not seek to privatize any more prisons owned by the state.

The city of Hoover may soon start housing federal inmates in its city jail.

The Federal government has sued Florida’s Department of Corrections for not offering kosher meals to all prison inmates.

Advocates for nearly 56,000 New York inmates and their families have urged the state to resume free bus service to its prisons, saying visits have dropped since it was discontinued last year and the savings of $1.5 million doesn’t justify the social cost.

One cannot say that correctional agencies have not made their best efforts to address the problem. On the contrary, most have been committed to risk reduction for some time.

The report points to several factors proven to work, such as risk assessment, re-entry planning and post-release supervision. Research also suggests there is a direct correlation between strong family support and successful re-entry. The frequency and quality of communication play a significant role in those relationships.

The state’s largest employee union filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close several adult and juvenile prisons, citing safety concerns.

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