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Empire Editorial: Alaska's prison system is killing Alaskans

...state ombudsman in responding to complaints about the prison system.Almost inevitably, our reporting has been met...criminal. He had not committed a crime, and yet our prison system and its policies killed him just as surely as if he...
Oklahoma delays execution; drug didn't match protocols

...minutes after his lethal injection started. The botched execution occurred about three months after Patton took over the prison system.Glossip's execution already had been delayed Wednesday as the Corrections Department waited for the U.S. Supreme...
Nation and World
Girls to stay in adult court in classmate stabbing case

...homicide is automatically considered an adult under Wisconsin law.The girls could face up to 65 years in the state prison system if they're convicted as adults. The juvenile system, in contrast, is geared more toward rehabilitation than punishment...
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California's invasive 'contraband watch' often yields little

...director who sits on a committee that mediates between the prison system and inmates. "I mean, people are shocked when they...other states.Texas, with the nation's largest state prison system, and Florida, which closely trails California's...
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Empire Editorial: To fight rising prison costs, Alaska must reform

It's time for Alaskans to take a hard look at the state's prison system and who inhabits it.Next fiscal year, the state of Alaska will spend $326 million on the Alaska Department of Corrections...
Alaska rejects legislation to prevent prison rape

...assaulted. Inmates must also be able to report assaults to a rape crisis center or other organization outside the prison system, and suspected assaults must be thoroughly investigated and, when possible, perpetrators must be criminally charged...
Investigators believe prison employee was in on escape plot

...questioned, but no one has been disciplined or charged.Cuomo warned that the law will come down hard on those in the prison system who cross the line."If you do it, you will be convicted, and then you'll be on the other side of the prison...
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Senate Bill would reform Alaska's prison system

If the annual upward trend of repeat offenders in Alaska continues at the current 3 percent rate, by 2016 the state will need a new prison, according to data presented by Sen. John Coghill's office during a judiciary committee meeting.
Crime bill tries to slow Alaska incarceration rate

...population.Ellis said Texas decided to go after the recidivism rate - the number of returning offenders into the prison system."That is where the focus of this bill lies," Ellis said.Ellis said instead of putting their money in new prisons...
State | AK legislature
House moves PTSD sentencing bill

...whom the bill would apply, Deputy Director Laura Brooks said. She did say the department does ask those entering the prison system if they are receiving veterans' benefits.Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, said she was concerned that the...
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