Jail Officer Dies After Fight With Inmate

Posted in Articles, Passings on September 9, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

BARTOW | A Polk County Jail detention sergeant died Tuesday from complications after surgery to repair injuries suffered in an altercation with an “out-of-control” inmate, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sgt. Ronnie Brown, 48, underwent surgery for broken vertebrae Monday, eight days after the fight at the South County Jail, and he died Tuesday morning at Winter Haven Hospital, Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Brown is the first Polk detention officer to die in the line of duty, sheriff’s officials said.

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Prison warden takes on role as film critic at ACI

Posted in Articles on September 9, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

CRANSTON — Chick flick or Clint Eastwood? Disney or Quentin Tarantino? It’s an aggravating exercise for couples or families with children: The video store debate over what to rent.

But for James Weeden, a warden at the Adult Correctional Institutions, the stakes are higher. Parents dread tantrums. He worries about riots.

Weeden and his staff pick the programming for an unusual audience, the 400 or more inmates in the ACI’s maximum security unit. They have particular characteristics and tastes that have to be considered. Continue reading

Cash-strapped states revise laws to get inmates out

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

 

Mandatory sentencing laws are relaxed, parole is accelerated, and time off for good behavior is increased as states scramble to save money.

Reporting from Denver – After decades of pursuing lock-’em-up policies, states are scrambling to reduce their prison populations in the face of tight budgets, making fundamental changes to their criminal justice systems as they try to save money.

Some states are revising mandatory-sentencing laws that locked up nonviolent offenders; others are recalculating the way prison time is counted.

California, with the nation’s second-largest prison system, is considering perhaps the most dramatic proposal — releasing 40,000 inmates to save money and comply with a court ruling that found the state’s prisons overcrowded. Continue reading

Hilliard woman arrested for smuggling drugs into Nassau County Jail

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

A 49-year-old Hilliard woman was arrested Sept. 2 on charges of introducing contraband into a correctional facility and trafficking in a controlled substance after dozens of prescription pills were found hidden inside her as she was being booked into the Nassau County Jail on other charges, police said.

Marsha Ellen Joslin was at the jail in Yulee when an informant told narcotics detectives that she had “a large quantity of prescription medication concealed on her person,” according to a sheriff’s office news release.  A nurse conducted a thorough search and found a condom filled with prescription tablets in her vaginal cavity, police said.

Joslin’s bond was set at $10,004.

source: http://www.jacksonville.com/community/my_nassau_sun/2009-09-04/story/hilliard_woman_arrested_for_smuggling_drugs_into_nassau_cou

New $10 million jail to open in Roane County

Posted in Articles on September 7, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

KINGSTON (WATE) — Hundreds of people are flocking to Roane County’s new multi-million dollar jail for a three-day open house.

While the county faced many obstacles in funding such a big project, officials made it happen.

“We have four cells in here for holding people,” says Roane County Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

Phillips gave 6 News a tour of the new, state-of-the-art jail on Friday.

While the nearly two year project set the county back $10 million, Phillips said it was a necessary investment.

“The capacity is right at 175 people,” he s Continue reading

Armour-piercing bullets ordered for WA prisons

Posted in Articles on September 7, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

The WA government is set to buy 30,000 armour-piercing bullets to be used by an elite emergency response group for WA’s prisons.

A document obtained by WAtoday.com.au confirms the Department of Corrective Service’s emergency support group has requested the bullets for training purposes.

The bullets are for the so-called ballistic escort weapon, a compact gun that has a better firing range than a handgun and can be easily concealed in public areas.

The emergency support group is based at Hakea Prison and provides emergency and security support to all prisons and juvenile facilities in WA.

Controversial … the armour-piercing bullet.

The department currently uses the Fiocchi 4.6x30mm full metal jacket 46EXA bullet in its ballistic escort guns.

The bullet is designed to minimise weight and recoil while increasing penetration of body armour.

It has however been criticised by experts for performing poorly at the point of impact.

According to some reports, slow motion videos show the bullet swerves off course when it impacts soft human tissue.

This is because the mass centre of the bullet sits behind the geometrical centre, causing the back to come forward at impact and tumble through tissue – creating much more damage.

The Department of Corrective Services estimates that 30,000 rounds will be required per year, but it will demand suppliers be capable of making 10,000 rounds available at short notice.

The departmental document said the government was prepared to consider alternative bullet types.

source; http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/armourpiercing-bullets-ordered-for-wa-prisons-20090904-fazx.html

Prisoner numbers to hit new high

Posted in Articles on July 13, 2009 by cosgoingwrong

Prisoners in New Zealand are about to reach new highs — the number of people in prison is set to be the highest ever.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said the previous peak was 8457 prisoners in September 2007.

Yesterday there were 8434 people in prisons or police stations.

“Within the next couple of weeks it’s likely that we will have more people behind bars than at any other time in New Zealand’s history.”

Strong prison population growth began in 2003 and was forecast to rise to around 10,700 by 2016.

There was pressure on the corrections system to find enough beds before it runs out in February, Ms Collins said.

Turning modular or container cells into prisons and double bunking were being used to help manage the “serious capacity crisis” in the short term.

Extending existing prisons and building new prisons were longer term options, Ms Collins said.

source; http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/5724027