It 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 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.
Hennepin 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.
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.
Inmates 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.”
The 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.
Three 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.
Rush City’s prison is a level-four security facility that houses some of the most dangerous criminals in Minnesota. It’s the last place you’d expect an organization to turn to in order to save a life Rush City’s prison houses inmates like Richard Patterson and Clayton Keister – two men who’ve been convicted of murder. “I’ve been in prison for, you know, close to seven years now,” Patterson said. “I got 10 more years left to do and I feel this is a way of me giving back.”
Two men who broke out of a Becker County jail by using a medal plate from the showers are back behind bars Saturday night.
An inmate attack Wednesday at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, Minn., sent two people to the hospital, and hurt two others.
Two men suspected in a crime spree after walking away from a Wisconsin correctional center have been arrested in Florida.
A new federal study has found that 68.2 percent of men booked into the Hennepin County jail tested positive for illegal drug use, which occurred prior to arrest.
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A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning taxpayer-funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates.
More than 1,500 friends, family and fellow law enforcement officers gathered in Sioux Falls Saturday to honor a fallen corrections officer.