Crash, boom, bam: Deputy wrecks 33 times in 17 years, but union fights for his job

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  Corrections, County Government, law enforcement, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

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As a law officer, former Todd County Deputy Sheriff Mark Grinstead didn’t miss much.

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Less is more: ‘Shortage of staff’ at DOC cost Vermont taxpayers millions

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Accountability, Budget, Corrections, Finances, Health Care, News, public sector, State Budgets, State Government, Top State News, Vermont, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

LESS IS MORE: "Staff shortage" at DOC cost Vermont taxpayers an extra $4.1 million in prison health care costs

By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont taxpayers will lose out on $4.1 million this year, and it’s all because the Department of Corrections had one less employee keeping an eye on the budget, says the state’s director of health services.
Vermont’s director of health services says the reason there was a $4.1 million shortfall [...]

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NM lawmakers see millions in potential savings through prison reform

By   /  December 18, 2013  /  Corrections, law enforcement, New Mexico, News, Public Safety, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Robin Gavinski wrongly spent 417 days in prison due to a calculation error by the Department of Corrections. Now the state is repaying Gavinski with $7,600.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M.  — State lawmakers— Republicans and Democrats alike — on a special subcommittee are eyeing reforms to the criminal justice system that could lead to millions in taxpayer savings.
But the reforms won’t come anytime before 2015.
“We should really concentrate on violent offenders, and that’s where our prison space [...]

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Florida governor’s budget boosts cash for corporate welfare

By   /  February 5, 2013  /  Corrections, Elections, Featured, Florida, Governor, Issues, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  8 Comments

FIRST MOVE: Scott propes $4.2 billion more spending in 2013. (photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog
ST. PETERSBURG — If Gov. Rick Scott has his way, Floridians will be paying a little more for their government this year.
Just over $4.2 billion more, to be exact.
That’s the final figure from his recommended budget released last week and totaling $74.2 billion, the largest in Florida history.
The budget was [...]

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PA locks down unemployment benefits for inmates

By   /  January 31, 2013  /  Corrections, County Government, Featured, News, Other News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

NO DIMES WHILE SERVING TIME: Pennsylvania law says someone who commits a crime cannot collect unemployment compensation, and the state has come up with a computer data-based way to stop fraudulent payments from going to county prison inmates, like those at the Allegheny County Jail.

People convicted of a crime can no longer get unemployment benefits, or so says Pennsylvania law.

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