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September 20, 2005 - Another warning Tallahassee Democrat Another flare has been fired in the long-running debate over privatization in state government. (Click here for more)

September 20, 2005 - Vendor to return $65,000 for food Patriot News While Dauphin County Prison's food service vendor has agreed to reimburse the county $65,000, there was no criminal intent behind the overbilling, authorities say. (Click here for more)

September 20, 2005 - Commissioners failed to weigh jail alternatives Citrus Times Citrus County commissioners this week were too quick to jump on the "build it and we'll fill it" bandwagon at the county jail. (Click here for more)

September 20, 2005 - News brief AP Dauphin County Prison's food service vendor agreed to reimburse the county $65,000 for overbilling during 2002 and 2003, authorities said. (Click here for more)

September 20, 2005 - State faulted for inmate care Baltimore Sun The state did a poor job of providing medical care to prisoners at Baltimore's downtown prison over much of the past five years because of a flawed and underfunded contract with a private company that took effect in 2000, according to a grand jury report released yesterday. (Click here for more)

September 20, 2005 - Trustees cancel vendor's contract Star-Telegram Keller school trustees voted unanimously Monday to fire Aramark Management Corp., a company paid more than $1 million annually to supervise custodians, grounds and maintenance in the district. (Click here for more)

September 20, 2005 - County to adopt budget New-Herald Lucrative contracts to operators of Bay County facilities and a $5 million increase in funds for blighted communities contribute to the county’s budget increase for fiscal year 2006. (Click here for more)

September 20, 2005 - Girl collapses at juvenile center, dies Tennessean The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office yesterday was investigating the death of a 14-year-old girl who died while in the custody of a Montgomery County juvenile detention facility. (Click here for more)

September 19, 2005 - Jay-Z's real name? Alias leads to bad rap Philadelphia Inquirer James Johnson can trace his troubles back to rapper Jay-Z's Hard Knock Life. (Click here for more)

September 19, 2005 - Privatization isn't cheaper and better Tallahassee Democrat The perils of privatization are illustrated by a new report from the Legislature's policy watchdogs. (Click here for more)

September 19, 2005 - Prison health contract costs $10 million per year Star-Tribune Wyoming Department of Corrections officials hope a new $10 million-a-year contract with Prison Health Services will save them some health care costs in the long run. (Click here for more)

September 19, 2005 - Tagging company 'failed in its duties' The Herald THE private security firm set to take over the electronic tagging of prisoners in Scotland has been censured for its failings in monitoring a teenager convicted of the murder of a jeweller while under its supervision. (Click here for more)

September 18, 2005 - CCA CEO visits local detention center Leavenworth Times CCA chief executive John Ferguson has had a busy week. (Click here for more)

September 16, 2005 - Prison officials defend plan to divide health contract Sun-Sentinel Florida prison officials are defending their plans to divide an estimated $70 million annual contract for providing inmate health services at 13 South Florida prisons into four separate but lucrative contracts -- a move that has sparked interest from legislators, lobbyists and vendors. (Click here for more)

September 16, 2005 - Failed Angolan asylum-seeker found hanged at Yarl's Wood centre The Independent A man held at an immigration detention centre with his 13-year-old son hanged himself yesterday. (Click here for more)

September 16, 2005 - County to help choose jail's new warden St Petersburg Times Hoping to end the warden-go-round at the Hernando County Jail, county officials will play a role in selecting the facility's next chief correctional officer. (Click here for more)

September 16, 2005 - Jail inmate's widow seeking damages from health firm Palm Beach Post Next month, it will be two years since Rosanne Bilello watched her husband suffer three consecutive heart attacks, then die. (Click here for more)

September 15, 2005 - Jail expert promises savings Mountain View Telegraph Torrance County could build and operate a jail for the same price it is paying a private company and another county to house its inmates, detention consultant Brandi Johnson told the Torrance County Commission on Wednesday. (Click here for more)

September 15, 2005 - Lobbyist tie haunts prisons' top official St Petersburg Times Florida's top prison official has gone to concerts and sporting events with a lobbyist for clients seeking business with prisons. (Click here for more)

September 14, 2005 - State takes over detention center The News-Press The Southwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center is back to being run by state employees after a private contract of two years ended as a failed experiment — not because of performance, but the bottom line. (Click here for more)

September 14, 2005 - Reliance loses contract for tagging offenders The Herald RELIANCE, the private security firm criticised over a series of prisoner escapes, has lost the multi-million pound contract for tagging offenders in Scotland. (Click here for more)

September 14, 2005 - Group sue private prison for limited education, health care  AP Young offenders at a private prison in Lake County are not spending enough time in school and those who have mental illnesses and developmental disabilities aren't getting adequate help, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. (Click here for more)

September 13, 2005 - County finance office says some contractors non-compliant with living wage The Herald-Sun A report from the county finance office shows that more than half the contractors required to comply with Durham's "living wage" policy have failed to submit payroll records that would show whether they're doing so. (Click here for more)

September 13, 2005 - State probe of prison contracts addresses concerns Bakersfield Californian A company that wanted to reopen a private prison in Bakersfield under a no-bid contract had a clear conflict of interest because it had hired two recent retirees from the Department of Corrections, the state auditor said Tuesday. (Click here for more)

September 13, 2005 - Texas Republican PAC officials indicted American-Statesman A Travis County grand jury today added new felony charges against two officials with Texans for a Republican Majority who first were indicted last fall. (Click here for more)

September 13, 2005 - Conflict eyed in private prison deal AP California's prison population is at a record high, officials said Tuesday, as the state auditor panned the corrections system's last attempt to deal with sudden crowding. (Click here for more)

September 13, 2005 - Detention to be more appetising The Australian ILLEGAL immigrants held in detention will be offered taste testing of prospective menus and weekly barbecues in a further attempt by the Howard Government to soften its hardline image on asylum-seekers. (Click here for more)

September 13, 2005 - CCA taps third county jail leader in less than 2 years News Herald For the third time in 22 months, the Bay County Jail has a new warden. (Click here for more)

September 12, 2005 - Fulham Correctional Centre wage disputes continue ABC Gippsland Prison guards at the Fulham Correctional Centre near Sale have stepped up industrial action after failed negotiations last week. (Click here for more)

September 12, 2005 - Immigrants 'sleeping on tables' BBC Immigration detainees have been forced to sleep on tables or plastic chairs because of sub-standard provisions, the prisons watchdog has revealed. (Click here for more)

September 12, 2005 - Strategic defense News Herald Strategy is a part of any trial. (Click here for more)

September 12, 2005 - Health provider looks to restore jail's medical care Tennessean Metro government officials are hoping that a two-year-old Nashville company with a virtually flawless record of service will be the cure for inmate health-care problems at the city's main lockup. (Click here for more)

September 12, 2005 - Caged Scooby fails in bail bid Daily Record A SECURITY firm boss caged for waging a terror campaign against rivals has failed in a bid to get released. (Click here for more)

September 12, 2005 - KY town threatens to sue prison that held Indiana inmates AP A financially strapped eastern Kentucky town is threatening to file a lawsuit against Otter Creek Correctional Center, the private prison that briefly closed this year. (Click here for more)

September 10, 2005 - Security company closes Baghdad Airport over pay NY Times The private security company that guards Baghdad International Airport shut down the airport on Friday, saying it had not been paid for the past six months. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - Judge acquits 2 men convicted in VitaPro kickback scheme Houston Chronicle A federal judge has overturned the 4-year-old bribery convictions of a former Texas prisons director and a Canadian businessman, ruling that the prosecution's key witness lied to curry favor with a federal prosecutor in Louisiana. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - Governor, Republican leaders reach budget agreement AP Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on the state's spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in less than a month, a spokesman for the Senate majority leader said Friday. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - Lawsuit to name indicted lobbyist Tallahassee Democrat The former head of the agency that governed Florida's private prisons has denied skimming nearly $225,000 in state money, but his legal troubles escalated Thursday as a former colleague planned to sue him for $750,000 over the purchase of a Tallahassee lobbying firm. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - Official in land inquiry resigns Press Enterprise San Bernardino County Supervisor Dennis Hansberger's longtime chief of staff resigned Thursday after an internal investigation raised concerns about a conflict of interest involving his purchase of former county land. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - Ex-state prison official denies $225,000 theft St Petersburg Times A former Florida prison official charged with stealing $225,000 from a state account pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court and said he had been falsely accused. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - Richland County to fire inmate health care company AP The Richland County Council has voted to terminate a contract with Prison Health Services, the largest U.S. provider of health care to inmates, following the deaths of three mentally ill inmates during the past three years. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - Inmate to pay dearly for role in Crowley riot Pueblo Chieftain An inmate who pleaded guilty to participating in last July’s riot at the Crowley County Correctional Facility was ordered Tuesday to pay $50,000 restitution. (Click here for more)

September 9, 2005 - DeLay's state PAC indicted Houston Chronicle A Travis County grand jury indicted a business organization and a political committee founded by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Thursday on felony charges of violating election laws by using corporate money to influence state elections. (Click here for more)

September 8, 2005 - Suit filed in '04 death of ailing inmate, 50 Northwest Arkansas News An inmate died last year after a prison doctor neglected to effectively treat an ailment that caused his lungs to fill with infected pus, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Jefferson County Circuit Court. (Click here for more)

September 8, 2005 - More to being tough on crime than stiffer sentences Pioneer Press Lawmakers must step up with cash to expand prisons in Minnesota if the state is to safely house the growing inmate population. (Click here for more)

September 8, 2005 - Private prison contracts Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Privatizing the New Castle Correctional Facility is off to an ignominious start. (Click here for more)

September 8, 2005 - Sex offenders won't wear Texas ankle monitor St Petersburg Times In a surprise twist to Florida's fast-growing sex offender tracking system, a Texas firm tentatively hired to help run the program has quit. (Click here for more)

September 8, 2005 - Detainees do chores for $1 an hour Sidney Morning Herald Detainees at Villawood detention centre are being paid in cigarettes and phone cards to do chores such as cleaning, gardening and food preparation by the centre's private operators, GSL, a detainee has claimed. (Click here for more)

September 8, 2005 - Former prisons administrator indicted Tallahassee Democrat The former manager of the defunct agency that oversaw Florida's five private prisons has been indicted on fraud and money-laundering charges involving nearly $225,000 in state funds. (Click here for more)

September 8, 2005 - Ex-prison official may face 20 years St Petersburg Times A federal grand jury has charged the former chief of Florida's private prison oversight board with stealing nearly $225,000 from state coffers for personal use. (Click here for more)

September 7, 2005 - Detainees win $2.5M N.J. abuse settlement AP Immigrants who claimed they were abused at a detention center won a $2.5 million settlement from a private company that operated the center for the federal government. (Click here for more)

September 7, 2005 - Inmates treated for staph disease The Express-Times Three Northampton County Prison inmates have contracted antibiotic-resistant staph infections, and three others may have the disease, according to the prison's health care provider. (Click here for more)

September 7, 2005 - Villawood 'profits from detainees': union Sidney Morning Herald Staff at Villawood Detention Centre have paid a detainee with cigarettes and telephone cards to carry out their work, a peak union body says. (Click here for more)

September 7, 2005 - 3 sentenced to 16 years in jail standoff News Herald Kevin Nix and Kathy Baucum share the same nightmare. (Click here for more)

September 6, 2005 - 2 inquiries are opened into deaths of inmates Philadelphia Inquirer Delaware County's privately run prison has come under the scrutiny of county investigators, and the company that runs the facility was scrambling to examine its policies and identify any missteps after five questionable inmate deaths in the last five months, officials said. (Click here for more)

September 6, 2005 - Inmate health care fund depleted News-Press Sheriff Mike Scott plans to ask the Lee County Commission today for nearly $1 million to pay for unexpected inmate medical expenses. (Click here for more)

September 6, 2005 - Five-year-old's detention trauma Sidney Morning Herald The first harrowing experience for five-year-old Shayan Badraie came with riots. (Click here for more)

September 6, 2005 - Baxter creates mental health problems: report Age CONDITIONS at Baxter detention centre are not conducive to good mental health, with more than a fifth of detainees on tranquillisers and anti-depressants, a damning report by a bipartisan parliamentary committee says. (Click here for more)

September 5, 2005 - Problems at prison worrying legislator Northwest Arkansas News Over the past five months, at least eight staff members have resigned or been dismissed from their jobs at the Ouachita River Unit in Malvern over allegations of improper relationships with inmates, smuggling contraband or personal drug use. (Click here for more)

September 5, 2005 - Jail food investigation nearing end Sanford Herald State Bureau of Investigation officials are promising to deliver a report about the possible misuse of food supplies at the Lee County Jail to the district attorney in the near future. (Click here for more)

September 5, 2005 - Boy feared detainee would kill him The Age An Iranian boy at Woomera detention centre who witnessed a fellow detainee threatening to cut himself feared the same man was going to kill him, a NSW court has been told. (Click here for more)

September 4, 2005 - Daniels sends out for prison contract Ft Wayne Journal Gazette Gov. Mitch Daniels’ administration is set to give another big state contract to an out-of-state company. (Click here for more)

September 3, 2005 - Motion denied in jail-birth death case Tampa Tribune Describing her attorney's request for documents as a ``fishing expedition,'' a federal judge on Friday denied a former Hillsborough County jail inmate's motion to compel the jail's medical provider to compile and submit a voluminous set of documents. (Click here for more)

September 2, 2005 - Investigation into prisoner death BBC An investigation is under way following the death of a remand prisoner in a hospital, the Prison Service has said. (Click here for more)

September 2, 2005 - 8 admit roles in bank-deposits scheme San Antonio Express-News Eight local residents, including two former jail guards, pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a bank-fraud conspiracy that netted between $90,000 and $160,000. (Click here for more)

September 2, 2005 - Boy 'terrified' by Woomera detention Sidney Morning Herald Woomera detention centre in the South Australian desert so frightened a little Iranian boy he developed post traumatic stress disorder, the NSW Supreme Court has heard. (Click here for more)

September 2, 2005 - Jury: No kidnapping at jail News Herald Three Bay County Jail inmates who held nurses prisoner last September during a jail takeover were acquitted Thursday of the most serious charges against them. (Click here for more)

September 1, 2005 - Lawmakers question governor's stance on GEO youth facility Ludington Daily News State Rep. Geoff Hansen, R-Hart, and U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, take issue with Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s contention that the Michigan Youth Correctional Facility in Baldwin, operated by GEO Group, Inc., is not efficient and they are urging her not to cancel the 20-year contract. (Click here for more)

September 1, 2005 - County split on a new jail hire Mountain View Telegraph Torrance County may have to spend money to save money in its hard-pressed incarceration fund, but at least one county commissioner is not convinced. (Click here for more)

September 1, 2005 - County asks that jail warden be replaced St. Petersburg Times On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas "Denny" Durbin, Hernando County Jail's third warden in as many months, discussed his role at the facility.  (Click here for more)

September 1, 2005 - Judge rules out testimony in jail standoff trial News Herald A September standoff at the Bay County Jail ended in gunshots, but testimony in the case ended on Wednesday without the smoking gun. (Click here for more)


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