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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.

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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.

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).

Hundreds of Chicago Jail Guards Called in Sick Sunday for Mother's Day

More than 200 jail officers in Cook County, IL, called in sick Sunday, forcing the facility to be placed on lockdown, officials said.

Arizona Departments Open Joint Jail

The Gilbert-Chandler joint holding facility in Arizona opened for business December 1, 2014. This new jail is a collaborative effort between the Gilbert Police Department and the Chandler Police Department, designed to increase efficiency, better utilize resources, and save money.

Wash. Man Shoots Marijuana Arrow at Jail

A Bellingham, Wash., man wrapped a baggie of marijuana around an arrow and fired it at the second-floor recreation area of Whatcom County Jail on Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, according to the sheriff's office.

Wash. Agency Sued Over Jail Video Surveillance

A dozen people arrested for drunk driving have sued the Puyallup (Wash.) Police Department for video recordings showing them naked while using the bathroom or changing.