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Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jan. 24, 2022 14:49 PM EST

Omaha World-Herald. Jan. 23, 2022. Editorial: Nebraska has much work to do before it contemplates a new prison Nebraska is spending prodigiously on its prisons: Over the past decade, costs increased 51%, from $179.8 million in 2011 to $272.3 million last year. We’re...

State prisons to halt in-person visitation through February

Jan. 24, 2022 12:18 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state prisons announced Monday they will not allow in-person visits for the coming month because their staff has been thinned by coronavirus infection. In-person visits will be stopped , at all state correctional institutions, starting on...

IS militants holed up in Syria prison on 4th day of clashes

Jan. 23, 2022 23:32 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and militants continued for a fourth day Sunday near a prison in northeastern Syria that houses thousands of members of the Islamic State group, the Kurdish force said. The standoff followed a bold assault by the...

Windsor officials don't like idea of temporary youth center

Jan. 23, 2022 10:32 AM EST

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A bill in the Vermont Legislature would use part of the shuttered Southeast State Correctional facility to temporarily house at-risk youth after the closing of the state's only youth detention center. The former prison has been idle for several years but the...

US-backed fighters chase IS gunmen near prison in Syria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:04 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish-led fighters advanced slowly Saturday under the cover of U.S.-led coalition air power in Syria's northeast. Intense clashes with Islamic State group militants took place around a prison where thousands of extremists were held, officials said. Fighting broke...

'Whoa, that's not right': Georgia towns lead census appeals

Jan. 22, 2022 11:57 AM EST

When officials in Chester, Georgia, heard that the 2020 census had pegged their small town at 525 people, their jaws dropped. They believed the town was almost triple that size and feared an inaccurate number could force them to make budget cuts. “I said, ‘Whoa, that’s not...

Sheriff agrees to improve jail conditions to settle lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2022 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia sheriff has agreed to improve jail conditions for women with serious mental illness to settle a lawsuit alleging that prolonged solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions risked causing them serious psychological harm. Lawyers who visited the South...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 22, 2022 00:28 AM EST

Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus. January 19, 2022. Editorial: Reset We agree with the way Gov. Phil Scott framed his budget address on Tuesday. The state has significant challenges that have prevented it from moving forward. This is a...

Judge OKs California earlier releases for repeat offenders

Jan. 21, 2022 21:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge is allowing California to proceed with plans to allow earlier potential prison release dates for repeat offenders with serious and violent criminal histories under the state’s “three strikes” law. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shama...

1 of two 16-year-olds caught after detention center escape

Jan. 21, 2022 18:35 PM EST

ST. MARTINVILLE, La. (AP) — Authorities have caught one of two 16-year-olds who escaped from a Louisiana juvenile detention center but are still looking for the other. A preliminary investigation has found that “human error played a role in the ... escape,” the state Office of...