Florida Prison Partners with College on Construction Degree Program

One enterprising Florida prison is partnering with a Daytona State College on a program that aims to not only keep former inmates away from reoffending, but also with the added bonus of addressing the state’s rather grave deficit in the availability of construction workers.

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U.K. Proposes Smoking Ban in Prisons

LONDON — Prisons in the U.K. are planning to ban cigarette smoking in facilities by 2015. BBC reported that an estimated 80 percent of inmates in the U.K. are believed to be smokers. In a strange swap, the Prison Service said that after the ban is in place, nicotine patches will be offered to inmates as a “substitute.”

“We are considering banning smoking across the prison estate and as part of this are looking at possible sites as early adopters,” said a Prison Service spokesman to BBC.

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Green Hong Kong Prison Draws Criticism

HONG KONG — Hong Kong opened its first green jail last August, featuring a green roof, solar panels, natural lighting system and enhanced ventilation system but the environmentally friendly attributes drew a barrage of criticism from the public and press earlier this month.
 
After winning a green building award in early November, critics seized on Lo Wu to accuse the government of favoring the prison population over law-abiding citizens.

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Green Hong Kong Prison Draws Criticism

HONG KONG — Hong Kong opened its first green jail last August, featuring a green roof, solar panels, natural lighting system and enhanced ventilation system but the environmentally friendly attributes drew a barrage of criticism from the public and press earlier this month.
 
After winning a green building award in early November, critics seized on Lo Wu to accuse the government of favoring the prison population over law-abiding citizens.

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