#Department Of Corrections

Inmate punches staffer at Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility

A staff member at the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility in Omaha was seriously injured by an inmate Thursday. The incident occurred in a classroom when the inmate crossed the room and pushed the staff member in the chest before repeatedly punching the staff member, according to a press release from the Nebraska Department of Corrections.
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Lynchburg News and Advance

Investigation into Lynchburg jail barricade continues, one month later

A little over a month after an inmate barricade at the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center left a high-security cell block trashed, jail administrators still are picking up the pieces and Virginia State Police continue to investigate. Inmates in the Ninth Street jail’s maximum security K unit took control of it...

Prisoner dies while serving sentence for 1999 Davison County rape

SIOUX FALLS — A man convicted for a 1999 rape in Davison County has died while serving his sentence in the South Dakota State Penitentiary. State prison inmate Kenneth Harr died of natural causes Thursday at a Sioux Falls hospital, according to a release from the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

Multiple investigations underway into violent incidents at Long Creek

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Multiple investigations are underway, and two senior officials have resigned, after a series of violent clashes between residents and staff at Long Creek Youth Development Center. Advocates allege staff members are using dangerous restraints, and on Friday, the Maine Department of Corrections responded with a plan to...
Valdosta Daily Times

ZACHARY: Transparency, reform needed at Georgia prisons

A prison sentence should not be a death sentence, unless it is. The feds are investigating Georgia prisons. People die — a lot of people die — while incarcerated in our state, and the U.S. Department of Justice wants to know why. The DOJ says in 2020 alone there were...

Lancaster County Department of Corrections says 12 inmates have COVID-19

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)– Twelve people at the Lancaster County Department of Corrections have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 36-hours; they live within the general jail population. At this time, six housing units are involved. Jail administration believes that the virus is contained within those 6 housing units, but...
Argus Observer Online

Hundreds of state troopers among the thousands of Washington state employees who want exemptions to Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

OLYMPIA (Wash.) – Thousands of state employees, including hundreds of state troopers and prison guards, are seeking exemptions from Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccination mandate. The deadline for full vaccination is Oct. 18, and so far about 8% of state workers have put in exemption requests. The issue is divisive, as state employee unions bargain its effects and some workers hope to resolve the issue by filing a lawsuit claiming the governor exceeded his authority and violated their constitutional rights when he ordered most employees to get the shot.

Gov. Hochul orders release of 191 Rikers Island inmates amid ‘hell on earth’ conditions at jail

Gov. Hochul ordered the immediate release of 191 Rikers Island inmates on Friday and signed a bill that paves the way for even more prisoners to be set free as conditions at the overcrowded city jail continue to deteriorate. The newly freed inmates landed behind bars for technical parole violations, like missing a curfew, consuming alcohol or being late for an appointment with a probation ...
Arkansas Online

Arkansas' virus hospitalizations dip below 1,000

Dropping for the 10th straight day, the number of people hospitalized with covid-19 in Arkansas fell Friday by 75, bringing it below 1,000 for the first time since late July. The state's count of cases rose by 1,809, the third daily increase in a row that was smaller than the one a week earlier and the seventh one in a row that was smaller than 2,000.

South Dakota inmates drive away from community project

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota authorities are searching for two inmates who drove away from a community service project in Sioux Falls. Thomas Wilson, 32, and Peyton Laird, 22, were assigned to a community service project when they stole a car and drove away Friday morning, according to state Department of Corrections officials.