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FCI Sheridan had 28 CO vacancies out of 145 positions last winter, leading to the use of mandated overtime and temporary assignments of non-correctional staff
The investigation will examine whether Kentucky protects the facilities’ juveniles from excessive force, prolonged isolation, violence and sexual abuse, the DOJ said
The DOJ said the Mississippi DOC does not have enough staff to supervise the prison population, with job vacancy rates of 30% to 50%
Concerns regarding the policies came to light during an OIG investigation of two COs who allegedly failed to do mandatory SHU rounds during or around the time of an assault that resulted in an inmate’s death
On Nov. 2, two of the six former officers pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from the fatal incident
The indictment alleges an extensive criminal enterprise in which gang members, including inmates within the Georgia DOC, orchestrated numerous crimes, including murders, attempted arson and drug trafficking inside and outside of GDOC facilities
Investigations into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center were launched following allegations of inhumane conditions and violation of civil rights
The selection of a civilian head of training is one of the steps the Police Bureau agreed to take to comply with the city’s settlement with the DOJ
The investigation was opened after deaths in county jails hit a two-decade high last year and other allegations of excessive use of force surfaced
The federal department said the state could face a possible lawsuit in mid-March if it doesn’t fix the problems
The new rule would automatically put 75% of money sent or donated to inmates toward victim restitution
The department will also examine jail conditions in several states to ensure there are no violations of the rights of people with mental illnesses
Peters vowed to put the wellness of federal correctional officers at the top of her priority list
The bond issue is a key funding piece for the $1.2 billion construction price tag
The 4,000-bed prisons will be much larger than any of the state’s 13 current prisons for men
Critics of the construction plan argue the state is ignoring the bigger issues — prison staffing levels and leadership — to focus on buildings
Staff Misconduct
An official entrusted to end sexual abuse and cover-ups at a women’s prison allegedly may have taken steps to suppress a recent staff misconduct complaint
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement comes after months of pressure on the Biden administration
The review comes as the federal prison system struggles with COVID-19 cases and complaints from COs and inmates
“There is a direct correlation between the level of prison violence and the shortage of correctional staff,” a state DOC spokesperson said
The memo comes after President Donald Trump called for death sentences for some drug dealers
With 320 inmate deaths tallied as of Dec. 8, Florida’s prison system is on track to have the deadliest year in its history
At issue are written and video examinations given to applicants for entry-level correctional officer positions in the first phase of hiring