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Los Angeles County Leaders Vote to Create Plan for Closing Main Jail

"(These) are dangerous, dangerous offenders that will be released back into our communities. It's unacceptable," said Patricia Wenskunas, founder of Crime Survivors, an organization that represents crime victims and their families. Sheriff Alex Villaneuva has also expressed disapproval with the plan.

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California Deputy Dies of Coronavirus

Young, a 15-year veteran of the department, was its first to succumb to COVID-19, the statement said. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Los Angeles County Releases 1,700 Inmates to Slow Coronavirus in Jails

For almost two weeks, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he was looking for as many inmates as possible to safely release. On Tuesday, he said the number so far was 1,700 inmates, or about 10% of the county’s entire jail population.

Inmate Files Red Flag Petition Against Deputies at Colorado Jail

Deputies “carry shotguns inside the jail intimidating and excessively abusing inmates with these shotguns,” the inmate wrote in the complaint. “These deputys (sic) carry these deadly weapons 24 hours a day patrolling the floors of this jail intimidating and threatening people for the most minor things.”

New York City Council Votes to Close Rikers Island Jail

The proposal was born out of the conclusion of Mayor Bill de Blasio and other Democrats that mass incarceration and a massive jail complex are out of step in an era of falling crime rates.

AZ Sheriff's Office Launches Secureview Tablets for Inmates to Reduce Recidivism

The Pinal County (AZ) Sheriff's Office has a new partnership with Securus Technologies to bring technology to the inmates at the Adult Detention Center. Inmates are now able to use tablets to help advance their education and gain new skills while they are incarcerated.

Oklahoma Sheriff, Her Deputies, and a K-9 Resign Over Dangerous Jail Conditions

Sheriff Terry Sue Barnett told local media a carbon monoxide leak that occurred last month and sent four employees to the emergency room had not been addressed, a proper fire alarm system wasn't in place and methane gases permeate the jail because of poorly-installed plumbing. She also said inmates had been shocked while taking showers because of exposed wiring.

Utah Sheriff Resigns Over Funding Shortage

Saying that he has sent five emails to commissioners over the past two months with no response, Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy unexpectedly announced his resignation Tuesday during the Utah County Commission meeting.

California Jail Inmate Paid $5.9 Million Over Injuries Caused by Suicide Attempt

"An inmate in the day room told deputies that inmate Garza was standing on his desk in his cell, falling backwards and hitting his head," an action he repeated four to six times, the summary stated.

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AZ Sheriff Opens Special Jail Unit, Programs for Veterans

The Pinal County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office is opening a new veterans unit at its Adult Detention Facility. Now, any individual who is booked into the facility will get their veterans status verified through Veterans Affairs. If they are a veteran, they can opt to join the veterans unit, the Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV).