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With a high influx of COVID-related jobless claims, hackers found it easy to scam state unemployment benefit systems. But tracking down the illegitimate payments is a slow and frustrating process.
The California county’s budget office reported that the jail requires an extra $1.5 million to cover the increased costs of food – a 26 percent rise in budget allocation – despite a reduction in overall jail population.
A group of incarcerated individuals in York County, Pa., are making civil liberties complaints about their access to legal support and health protections amid the coronavirus pandemic.
State prisons quickly adjusted policies and procedures when the coronavirus pandemic hit to ensure the health and safety of the incarcerated individuals and staff. If these pandemic changes become permanent, states could save $2.7 billion annually.
To curb the introduction of drugs into the prison system, the state has hired a Florida-based firm to scan inmate mail, check it for contraband and then send digital copies of the mail to each prison.
An appeals court in Boston will determine if the Maine governor violated an inmate’s 14th Amendment rights when she ordered the Department of Corrections to seize COVID-19-induced unemployment benefits.
The state’s Corrections Department says it has stopped placing women in solitary confinement and now caps all stays at a maximum of 30 days. Advocates are excited by the news, but uncertain if the policy is true.
The state’s jail population increased 60 percent from 2000 to 2019, more than five times the state’s overall population growth, resulting in overcrowding and understaffing. The fallout can be deadly.
They suffer from sexual assaults at alarming rates. The much-maligned private prison industry can have an important role to play.
The state announced it would shut down a prison in Susanville that could result in a loss of a quarter of the city’s workforce. Gov. Newsom has pledged to close two of the state’s 34 correctional facilities.