Mich. County Renews Prison Contracts at Higher Cost


(02/05/2011)
Feeding inmates at the Leelanau County Jail is about to get more expensive. The per-meal cost will increase by 63 percent because the number of inmates is much lower than expected.

Ky. Corrections Officials Mull Execution Drug

By Helen Christophi
(02/05/2011)
Corrections administrators and state officials in Kentucky are reviewing options for a replacement drug for lethal injection cases.
 

Manson Discovered With Second Cell Phone


(02/02/2011)
Serial killer Charles Manson was caught for a second time with a smuggled cellular phone. The phone was discovered in Manson’s cell at Corcoran State Prison in early January, according to a source at California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Ohio Gov.’s Former Advisor To Lobby State for CCA


(02/02/2011)
Newly-elected Gov. John Kasich’s long-time advisor and former congressional chief of staff Don Thibaut will lobby the administration on behalf of Corrections Corp. of America.

Pa. Official Proposes Prison Construction Freeze

By Helen Christophi
(02/02/2011)
Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner has proposed a freeze on new prison construction.

Calif. Prison Receiver Spending in Question


(01/29/2011)
A federal receiver appointed to improve inmate healthcare dramatically increased spending in California’s prisons but has so far failed to improve conditions for sick and injured convicts, a state Assembly committee has concluded.

Miami-Dade to Privatize Inmate Medical Care

By Helen Christophi
(01/27/2011)
Jackson Health System has asked its subsidiary, Prison Health Services, to negotiate a contract to provide private healthcare services for inmates under the custody and control of the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.

Maine Gov.’s DOC Selection Ruffles Feathers

By Helen Christophi
(01/26/2011)
Gov. Paul LePage has nominated Joseph Ponte to head Maine’s Department of Corrections. Ponte is currently a warden at Nevada Southern Detention Center, which is owned by Corrections Corp. of America.

W. Va. To Fix Prison Parole Law


(01/26/2011)
A bill to correct last year’s legislation fast-tracking parole hearings in hopes of reducing state prison overcrowding remained on pace Monday to become the first bill passed in the 2011 regular session.

Iowa Gov. Dismisses Parole Board Members


(01/26/2011)
Gov. Terry Branstad terminated three members of the Iowa Board of Parole last week who were appointed by his predecessor, Gov. Chet Culver. Branstad plans to replace them with his own appointees.