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Kalamazoo County Jail crowding near state of emergency
WWMT-TV
Kalamazoo County Jail in Michigan is nearing a state of emergency. The jail has been overcrowded for more than a week straight, forcing the law enforcement officials to notify the courts and the Kalamazoo County board chairman. There are over 327 inmates in the jail, and some are being sent to other counties.
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Bail denied for Pennsylvania man accused of threats against Obama
TribLIVE
A McKee Rocks, Pa., man who repeatedly threatened President Barack Obama and then threatened to kill the Secret Service agents investigating his threats will be held in jail until someone comes up with a better solution, a federal judge has ruled. "I'm not a fan of incarcerating the mentally ill, but I don't have any alternative," the judge said.
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A roche fixture retires
PBUS
Many of you have worked with and known Sam Marcadis for many years. After more than 63 years in bail, he has decided to retire. His last day was Wednesday, May 8. Please wish him well.
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It is important to understand the bail bonds process
The Bail Blog
When a person is arrested and taken to jail there are several important things the defendant and the person who is cosigning their bail bonds contract will want to keep in mind.
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California struggles with experiment to shift inmates
The Economist
Gov. Jerry Brown has unveiled a plan to reduce the prison population: sending criminals convicted of relatively low-level offenses to county jails, which have greater discretion over treatment of offenders, rather than to one of the state's 33 prisons. This policy of realignment, which began in October 2011, has cut the state’s prison population by around 25,000. But California has still not met its target.
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Florida work-release centers about to get electronic monitoring for inmates
Tampa Bay Times
Tucked into the state budget are three paragraphs that provide $3.8 million for electronic monitoring of inmates. In addition, the centers will be capped at a population of 200 inmates, and any facility with more than 100 inmates will be required to have at least one certified corrections officer on the premises at all times.
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Poll: Arizona voters oppose more prisons
KFYI-Radio
A new statewide poll shows a slim majority of Arizona residents oppose expanding the state's prison system and oppose privately-run prisons. In addition, nearly three-quarters support alternatives to incarceration. The survey of 600 likely voters was commissioned by the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker prison reform organization.
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Armenian prison officials hope to learn from Wisconsin's prison system
Wisconsin Public Radio
Prison officials from Armenia are in Wisconsin for a training seminar on how to better process, classify and eventually parole inmates. Armenia decided to partner with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections because of its centralized system for classifying and prisoners.
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McHenry County Jail population stays well below max capacity
Northwest Herald
The inmate population at the McHenry County Jail in Illinois has remained relatively flat in recent years compared to a number of collar county correctional facilities nearing capacity.
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Committee gives approval to $100 million Maine prison expansion
Correctional News
Plans to issue a $100 million bond to double capacity at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham will move forward with caution after barely gaining committee approval. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee approved Gov. Paul Lepage’s proposal in a 5-4 vote on the conditions that the project be delayed until July 2015 and the state corrections department provide a feasibility study.
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US safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold
CNN
A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally drunk should be lowered in an effort to reduce alcohol-related car crashes that claim about 10,000 lives each year, U.S. safety investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 states lower the threshold from 0.08 blood-alcohol content to 0.05.
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Crowdsourcing video surveillance can work both ways
GCN
There is some irony involved when crowdsourcing for situational awareness involves gathering data directly from those being watched. For example, in 2011, the U.S. Park Police used video footage supplied by members of Occupy D.C. to monitor the group, said David Mulholland, commander of Technology Services for the Park Police.
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Identity thieves busted after posting photos of their meal on social media
WTVR-TV
Everyone is guilty of posting "food porn" on Instagram, but a photo of a steak dinner at Morton’s led the IRS to two suspected identity thieves in Florida. Learn how the photo on the social website led to the arrests of Nathaniel Troy Maye and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason...
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