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The Corrections topic covers the duties performed by Sheriff’s Departments and other police agencies that straddle the line between patrolling the streets and guarding inmates in correctional facilities, county lock-ups, prisons, jails, and courthouses. The stories, tips and expert opinions in this section touch on all things related to barbed-wire fences, cells and people who’ve been convicted of crimes.
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Obama commutes drug sentences of 22 in federal prison

President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life - Full Story

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Prisoner caught after taking guard's gun, escaping Va. hospital

Prisoner caught after taking guard's gun, escaping Va. hospital

A prisoner being treated wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle - Full Story

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Lawyer: 'Indifference' led to inmate death, prison silence

Deputy prisons chief Brian Connett defended the state Department of Corrections as a responsible steward of the safety and security of guards and inmates - Full Story

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Critics say Utah firing squad law tarnishes state's image

Critics say Utah firing squad law tarnishes state's image

Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available - Full Story

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Parole board changes mind, won't free cop killer amid outcry

Parole board changes mind, won't free cop killer amid outcry

The inmate, Gary Castonguay, is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for the shooting of Plainville police Officer Robert Holcomb during a burglary - Full Story

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Governor signs law making Utah only state with firing squad

Governor signs law making Utah only state with firing squad

Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method's use when no lethal injection drugs are available - Full Story

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Glitch erroneously notifies Ore. victims of prisoners' release

About 8,000 erroneous notifications that inmates were being released were sent out due to the glitch - Full Story

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Mo. executes man for 1996 killing of sheriff's deputy

Mo. executes man for 1996 killing of sheriff's deputy

Executed Tuesday after U.S. Supreme Court and state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old attorneys claimed was mentally incompetent - Full Story

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NY police investigate after retired CO kills man in subway

Police sought answers Wednesday from a retired corrections officer after his dispute with a pair of strangers ended with a fatal shooting.



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Corrections Columnists

10-8: Life on the Line 10-8: Life on the Line
with Charles Remsberg
Behind the Bars Behind the Bars
with John Stanley