Los Angeles Predicts Big Spending, Including Prison Funding

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County is hoping to spend at least a hefty $100 million alone on resolving the ongoing issues in the county involving health care and mainly prisons. In particular, with regards to the prison spending aspect, the county wishes to significantly decrease the ongoing issue of overcrowding within the local prisons, and improve its facilitation and care for mentally ill or unstable inmates.

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Bentonville to Expand Prison Facility

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Benton County Officials in Bentonville have been researching the potential expansion of their county correctional facility. That expansion is now expected to commence within the next two months, according to Benton officials.

The issue of overcrowding has hindered the court judge’s ability to place convictions on several different worthy defendants, and with the new expansion, judges will not have to face this obstacle for a long time.

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Nebraska Senators Seek Solutions for Prison Troubles

LINCOLN, Neb. — A group of government officials have recently developed a list of solutions for the growing number of prisoners in Nebraska. To name a few, the lawmakers came to the agreement that the state needed to expand their mental and behavioral health services, sentence reforms and probation services. Most prisons in the state have overshot their maximum capacity by almost 50 percent. For example, the Omaha Correctional Center is 192 percent over maximum capacity.

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Lafayette County to Replace 124-Year-Old Jail

PITTSBURGH — Lafayette County commissioners recently approved a $31 million jail facility in Pittsburgh. The 480-bed structure will replace the current 124-year-old Uniontown Jail, address overcrowding issues and bring the county to full correctional facility standards compliance.

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PODCAST: Brown Files New Prison Plan to Reduce Population

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In order to meet a federal court-mandated deadline and evade being held in contempt, Gov. Jerry Brown filed a new prison plan late Thursday night that aims to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons over the next year.

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Brown Given Stern Deadline to Fix Overcrowding

WASHINGTON — California Governor Jerry Brown has been given 21 days to reduce the number of inmates from the state’s 33 correctional facilities or will be held in contempt, according to federal judges.

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