By Suzy Khimm
Well before passing Arizona's controversial immigration law, Arizona lawmakers were treating the state as a laboratory of sorts for the criminal justice system. Last year, state legislators passed a bill that would have privatized almost all of Arizona's correctional system for $100 million upfront -- an unprecedented move by a state government. The main argument was economic, as private operators claimed they could run more cost-efficient facilities, which supporters said would help close a billion-dollar budget gap in Phoenix.
DENVER — Authorities have arrested a member of a white supremacist gang linked to the killing of a Colorado prisons chief shot answering the door of his home last month.
El Paso County sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Kramer said James Lohr was taken into custody early on Friday. Lohr was wanted for questioning in the killing of Colorado Corrections Director Tom Clements. It’s unclear if Lohr has been charged.
MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, and police are searching for the gunman and trying to figure out if it had anything to do with his position.
Victims of crime in Zimbabwe's capital city Harare are now allowed to ferry the alleged perpetrators of those crimes from prisons to court after the state prisons service ran out of fuel, according to local reports Thursday.
Conditions have improved significantly in Zimbabwe's 42 jails since last year when an estimated 1,000 inmates had died in the first six months of the year of disease and neglect. But the Department of Prison Services still cannot provide transport to take prisoners awaiting trial to court.