Department Of Corrections

Latest Department Of Corrections Items
  • Prisoner release law saving $5M less than expected

    Louisiana's corrections department isn't saving nearly as much money as expected from a new law that allows nonviolent drug offenders to leave prison early and others to avoid jail if they complete a drug treatment program.


  • Corrections worker alleges harassment in lawsuit

    The president of the Alaska Correctional Officers Association is suing top officials with the state Department of Corrections, alleging he was repeatedly harassed for his union advocacy.


  • APNewsBreak: Wash. to increase execution access

    Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection, state officials told The Associated Press.


  • Man pleads guilty to infecting former partner

    A Joliet man who is serving a five-year sentence with the Department of Corrections for shooting at police officers who responded to an animal cruelty report in 2011 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for infecting his former partner with HIV.


  • Delay sought in execution planned for next week

    The lawyer for a convicted murderer scheduled for execution next week asked a federal judge on Monday to delay the plans because of continuing questions about what drug will be used in the lethal injection.


  • Vt. Dept. of Corrections to assess prison lockdown

    Officials from the state Department of Corrections plan to visit a Kentucky facility where more than 200 Vermont inmates have been under lockdown for more than a week because of violence.


  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jails can't treat mental illness

    In the wake of two recent suicides at the D.C. Jail, the Department of Corrections must and will aggressively ensure all available resources are devoted to preventing future suicides ("Inmate found dead from apparent suicide at D.C. jail," Web, June 30). We are taking immediate steps to enhance suicide-prevention protocols to include a comprehensive review of all suicide-prevention procedures. These will include mental-health assessments, assistance from the Justice Department's National Institute of Corrections, a joint behavioral health task force, and the review of lines of communication with other D.C. and criminal-justice agencies that may have contact with individuals prior to jail commitment. A larger issue to address is the number of mentally ill being housed in jails and prisons.


  • "I've seen weekends when we've had as many as 40 officers held out of service on hospital details guarding prisoners," Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday at a D.C. Council hearing. (The Washington Times)

    Cathy Lanier: D.C. police with arrestees in hospitals is a staffing drain

    D.C. police officers are spending too much time in hospitals, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier says. But the problem isn't officers getting hurt on the job, it's officers being sent to hospitals to guard people who have been arrested.


  • Officer left gun in bathroom, fell asleep, but kept her job

    A Virginia corrections officer who left her gun and ammunition in a bathroom and then six months later fell asleep while on the job with a group of prisoners remained a state employee for more than a year after the second offense, according to a Department of Corrections inspector general report.


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