The Minnesota Department of Corrections hired a new firm to oversee inmate health care in Minnesota prisons, ending a 15-year relationship with Brentwood, Tenn.-based Corizon Health Inc., which was a target of lawsuits and staff complaints.
Oregon’s prison population is estimated to drop by more than 500 inmates over the next two years as sentencing changes and other reforms come into place, according to the state’s October Corrections Population Forecast released by the Office of Economic Analysis.
In response to a high rate of overdose-related deaths, Victoria’s drug court magistrate is calling for a dedicated rehabilitation prison facility to help reduce the system’s number of drug-related fatalities.
Two years ago, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 109 or the Public Safety Realignment Act, which required the realignment of several low-level prisoners in an effort to reduce the number of inmates in the state’s 33 prisons to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 2013.
While many prisons are implementing new methods of rehabilitation such as work-hire programs and various educational opportunities, others are looking into alternative options in order to help inmates with the rehab process. Prison officials at Jamesville Correctional Facility in Onondaga County are currently planning to incorporate a program that will allow inmates to interact with and help train stray dogs.