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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has ruled inmates awaiting trial must be given the same voting rights as other Ohio citizens. The Columbus Dispatch reports U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson ruled this week in a 2018 lawsuit filed against Ohio’s secretary of state by two Montgomery County inmates. The lawsuit argues state… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) – Prosecutors say guards at the troubled county jail in Cleveland worked with gang members to sell drugs to inmates. State prosecutors on Wednesday charged two corrections officers and one gang member with running a criminal enterprise inside the Cuyahoga County jail. The indictment says the two guards, Stephen Thomas and Marvella Sullivan,… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Cleveland has threatened to charge county jail staff with contempt if they fail to bring inmates to court for hearings. Cleveland.com reports that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Russo put that option forward in an email to the county’s public safety director last month. Carney said in a… Read More
The National Sheriffs’ Association has published a detailed guide to jail-based medication-assisted treatment. States hardest hit by opioids are moving fastest to get inmates the help needed to quit.
Rural jails in Kentucky are increasingly relying on income derived from payments for holding state prisoners in county facilities, according to a new report by a think tank that advocates for criminal justice reform. To address overcrowding, states make payments to counties to hold convicted prisoners and pretrial detainees. States save money, and counties get… Read More
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice says an investigation found evidence that a Kentucky jail routinely uses excessive force against inmates through the use of chemical agents, restraint chairs and electronic control devices. A Thursday letter by the agency to the Boyd County Detention Center warns a lawsuit could be filed if… Read More