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    The Bail Trap

    By Nick Pinto This recent article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine highlights the discussion of bail reform and the need for pretrial release programs in the criminal justice system. The article follows just a few of the arrestees that are arraigned in Brooklyn’s Criminal Courthouse everyday. From the article: On average, a couple of hundred cases pass through Brooklyn’s arraignment courtrooms every day, and the public defenders who handle the overwhelming majority of those cases...
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    The Road to an Effective RTC Program

    By Wendelyn Pekich, Wexford Health Sources, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This article appeared in Corrections Forum magazine, September/October 2013, pp. 38-40. It is featured here with the permission of the publisher. Jails carry an obligation to help mentally ill detainees regain their legal competency to stand trial. In larger cities and counties, providing the necessary care can be manageable, but the challenges are much greater in rural areas of the country. This article describes how officials...
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    Saving Money on Regional Inmate Transportation: The “Northwest Shuttle” Story

    By Lee Eby, Administrative Lieutenant, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division, Oregon City, Oregon The Northwest Shuttle system is a cooperative effort across the states in the American northwest to move prisoners expeditiously and economically from one jurisdiction to another. By sharing resources between sheriff’s offices and state corrections agencies, participating agencies save tax dollars that would otherwise be used to conduct costly extraditions. The shuttle links agencies...
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    How a Jail Is Making a Green City Greener: The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Sustainable Jail Project

    By Lt. Steve Alexander, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Portland, Oregon The Sustainable Jail Project in Multnomah County aims to guide current and future sustainability actions within the county's jails. It is managed by a multidepartmental team based within the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The project has three broad goals: To reduce waste and energy consumption; To save taxpayer dollars; and To educate inmates about sustainable practices such as recycling and responsible...
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    69 Ways to Save $$$

    What do 22 jail leaders in locations across the United States have to say about saving money? Plenty! Jail funding has been an issue as long as jails have existed. When economic times are good, jail leaders focus on getting the most impact from a workable budget. When the squeeze is on, the question becomes how to continue to operate, and operate safely. The U.S. recession has affected county governments in different ways. Some jails are being held to zero percent budget growth, though they are obliged...
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