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Grand Forks County jail sees more fed prisoners, mulls new wing

May 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Grand Forks County jail is starting to experience some growing pains, and that has Administrator Bret Burkholder looking down the road at an expansion of the $16 million building that is not yet 5 years old. While the 242-bed facility is not exactly overcrowded, the average number of prisoners has risen steadily in recent years and is likely to surpass 200 a day this year, based on bookings so far. Continue Reading

Crookston jail administrator receives federal training

April 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The jail administrator at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston recently completed a select training course sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. Continue Reading

In Minnesota, 3,000 jail cells sit empty

June 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Falling crime rates and a jail-building boom coincided to produce an unprecedented surplus of jail beds in many of the state’s counties. Continue Reading

Arizona sheriff invites public to vote on most popular jail booking photos

April 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Arizona sheriff known for dressing inmates in pink underwear and feeding them green baloney is inviting people to choose the most popular jail booking photos posted on his website. Continue Reading

Minnesota Senate votes for stiffer dog abuse penalties

March 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The bill increases potential restitution costs for people who hurt dogs in police actions, search and rescue, correctional facilities or arson investigations. Continue Reading

Inmate health care is a budget buster

January 31, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

As lawmakers in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., debate health care and human service programs, county taxpayers wind up footing the bill for people in county custody — regardless of whether they’re convicted of a crime. Authorities note a rise in the number of inmates who have mental health problems, expensive medications and treatments, and a general increase in health care costs. Continue Reading&

N.D. LEGISLATURE: Senate OKs bill aimed at reducing burden of medical costs on jails

January 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday aimed at reducing the burden of inmate medical costs for jails.
Senate Bill 2024 aims to make it clear that it is not the responsibility of the jail to pay for medical costs for someone supervised under home detention, electronic monitoring or a similar program that doesn’t involve jail confinement. Continue Reading

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North Dakota inmates’ health costs

January 10, 2011 in INFORUM

Bill would decrease jails’ responsibility
BISMARCK The increasing cost of medical care for jail inmates is a growing concern for North Dakota counties, and state lawmakers are trying to decide how to handle the issue. Continue Reading

Inmate seeking kosher meals cites “Seinfeld” Festivus belief

December 13, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

An inmate in California who disliked salami was able to receive kosher meals after his attorney cited the “Seinfeld” holiday Festivus as his religious belief.
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