Henn. Co. Sheriff: Inmate Wanted After Release For Outstanding WarrantAn inmate was released Thursday from the Hennepin County Jail, but his departure was a little premature. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says Ryan Abraham Whiteis-Saks was released after his court cases were resolved, but authorities were not aware at the time that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Dakota County.
Emergency Workers Practice Jail Evacuation In Ramsey CountyPolice, Firefighters and several other emergency agencies were on hand today for what looked like a major jail evacuation -- but this was only a drill.
3 Inmates Charged In Escape From Wis. Correctional Facility Charges have been made against the three inmates who escaped from a New Richmond, Wis. correctional facility earlier this month. Jesse Jamal Fairley, 26, Kyle John Peterson, 19, and Andre Lee Vance, 21, have each been charged with one count of escaping criminal arrest.
4 Your Pets: Ruff Start Rescue's Prison ProgramLate last spring, Ruff Start Rescue founder Azure Davis and company started a program at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility, where rescue dogs are paired up with select offender trainers.
Police: 2 Rice County Inmates Escaped Jail, Stole 2 VehiclesPolice say two Rice County inmates are back in custody after escaping from jail and then stealing and crashing two vehicles.
Salvation Army Program Gives Toys To Kids Of PrisonersIt isn't Santa's workshop and the volunteers aren't his elves. But at the Salvation Army, the work is underway to make sure more than 800 kids have gifts on Christmas Day.
Workers Blame Inmate Influx For InjuriesWorkers at a Minnesota psychiatric facility are being hurt on the job more often due in part to a recent state law that has forced the facility to quickly admit more jail inmates. Through November, the first full year since the law requiring that psychiatric hospitals accept mentally ill inmates from county jails took effect, 40 assaults have been reported at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, according to state data.
Henn. Co. Creates Team To Help High-Risk InmatesHennepin County inmates with mental illness, chemical dependency issues and those who are likely to re-offend will have some extra help when they're released. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday the addition of the Integrated Access Team at the Hennepin County Jail in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota Correctional Facility - Stillwater Turns 100 The Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater is celebrating 100 years in operation.  The historic building has approximately 20 acres within the walls and has over 60 buildings that house more than 1,600 offenders. "I think over those years we've made a lot of great strides and improvements in what we do," warden Michelle Smith said.
Religious Head Coverings Allowed For Henn. Co. Jail InmatesInmates at the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis will now be allowed to wear religious head coverings while incarcerated. The announcement about the policy – the first of its kind in Minnesota – was made Thursday by Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek. "I am extremely proud of our current efforts to recognize the religious rights and beliefs of all inmates," Stanek said. "The addition of this policy enhances our efforts to be more culturally aware."
Prison Health Care Provider Defends ServicesThe national company that has been replaced as the health care provider to Minnesota's 9,000 prison inmates is defending its services. Corizon Health says the state Department of Corrections has thanked the company for "exceptional service over the last 16 years." DOC severed ties with Corizon following staff complaints of substandard care and legal action against the company. Corizon was replaced by St. Louis-based Centurion Managed Care, a Fortune 500 health care company that manages medical care under public contracts in several states.
Gay Marriage Law Causes Prisoner DilemmaThree same-sex couples in state custody as sex offenders are seeking marriage licenses under Minnesota's gay marriage law. The new law is causing thorny questions for state officials who supervise incarcerated people.
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