08 Oct 2016

Louisiana keeps prison costs down in ways other states don't

When it comes to prisons, Louisiana is first in many ways. The state has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with about one in 75 Louisiana adults in prison or jail at any given moment. Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly called Angola, is the largest maximum security prison in the

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08 Oct 2016

Prison death shows system ill-equipped to handle mentally ill, East Oak Lane family says

Kenyada Jones was off his meds. His mother couldn’t persuade him to come home, and mental health workers told her they wouldn’t chase a moving target. But Michelle Witherspoon knew her son was, at heart, a rules follower. So she called him and told him to go to his probation

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08 Oct 2016

Modern Hepatitis C Drugs are Very Costly and Unavailable to Many State Prisoners

Less than 1% of prisoners with hepatitis C in state correctional facilities in the United States are receiving treatment according to a new study in the October issue ofHealth Affairs conducted by the Association of State Correctional Administrators in collaboration with the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. The study found

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08 Oct 2016

Wardens punished amid staffing, medication issues at women's prison

On Tuesday, The Tennessean confirmed that Warden Carolyn Jordan, Associate Warden Pat Ryan and Associate Warden Carolyn Benford were on leave from the women’s prison amid “concerns” about the effectiveness of their leadership. “Warden Jordan remains on leave and will be demoted to associate warden. Associate Warden Benford retired. Associate Warden Ryan was

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08 Oct 2016

Illinois prisoners to receive new mental health services

To support incarcerated individuals battling mental illness, two state agencies recently collaborated to improve services for Illinois offenders by leveraging a Chicago-area facility for treatment purposes, simultaneously satisfying the terms of an outstanding class action.   Under the terms of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC)

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08 Oct 2016

Springfield man gets year in prison for health care fraud

A Springfield man was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in federal prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to health care fraud. Michael A. Tucker, 47, was sentenced to the prison time and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution after admitting he committed fraud at

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