Corrections, Detention, and Jail-Related News
ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher called three men heroes after they helped save the life of a fellow inmate who attempted suicide in the jail.
“Thank you gentlemen, you’re heroes,” said Fletcher. “You saved a guy’s life.”
At the Collin County Jail, there is a program dedicated to giving military veterans who got into trouble with the law, a hand up to succeed in civilian life.
“My deputies constantly see and law enforcement across the United States encounter veterans who are self-medicating because they found themselves in a situation where they’re trying to ease the pain,” said Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, who says P.T.S.D, trauma, and anger issues stemming from military experiences can leave some veterans struggling to cope on their own. “But when we see a group of veterans together we know they do much better together.”
MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Jail inmate Christopher Beierle says he is in constant pain from an untreated hernia, but he cannot get a surgery that would alleviate his symptoms because he is not eligible for health care while incarcerated.
Inmates are excluded from federal health and veterans’ benefits when they are admitted into jail. The jail will not cover costs for the procedure because it is considered an elective surgery, Beierle said.
NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Inmates at the Noble County Jail will soon be able to text.
The Noble County Sheriff’s Department announced the new program in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — Caitlin Hyland’s New Hampshire jail cell looks like those of many of her fellow inmates, featuring family photos, a few books and a cot. But one thing sets it apart: the cage on the floor for a 10-week-old puppy.
Hyland, a 28-year-old from Concord, New Hampshire, who is serving time for a drug conviction, is one of four inmates at the Merrimack County jail who are training puppies. In a partnership between a group called Hero Pups and the jail, two male and two female inmates, who are all in the jail’s drug treatment program, will raise the puppies for the next two months. They will eventually be handed over to military veterans and first responders who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges.
Carl Clinton is serving time at the Suffolk County House of Corrections at South Bay in Boston. But he is not just biding his time. Clinton is part of a special unit for young adults ages 18 to 25 that opened earlier this year and provides intensive programming to help the men turn their lives around.
“I received a number of coping mechanisms, opportunities for schooling and college credit,” Clinton said. “I received a brotherhood with my fellow participants in this program. We developed mutual respect for each other. Above that, we develop respect for ourselves.”