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JPI Daily News Digest 2/21/2013

National: Locking Mental-Health Patients Away in Prisons: Is There a Way Forward? (Huffington Post)
Gov. Jerry Brown's demands that a federal court relax the judicially mandated prison-population cap not only highlight California's outlier status in prison policy, but also underscore the need for President Barack Obama's initiative to increase mental-health services.

National: MOVING FORWARD: Prison mental health (Source Newspaper)
Isabella County Jail Administrator Tom Recker remembers a time that the cost of medications for inmates with mental health issues was mind-numbing. Prior to 2007, the year the county opted to contract with a medical care provider, prescription drug costs were skyrocketing.

CO: As School-To-Prison Pipeline Continues To Swallow Students, Denver Works To Stem Flow  (Huffington Post)
Ask Ricardo Martinez, co-executive director of the Denver-based parent and student activist group Padres & Jóvenes Unidos, and he will tell you that it’s not unheard of for kids at the city’s high schools and some junior highs to end up in handcuffs if they are caught chewing gum in class or talking back to a teacher.

National: Private Prison CEO Assures Investors of ‘Strong Demand’ For Beds After Immigration Reform (ThinkProgress)
As the U.S. private prison industry has grown over the last several years, studies have shown that private prisons are incentivized to lobby for more incarceration. During an investor call this week, the CEO of private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America signaled that incarceration rates would remain high, assuring investors that immigration detention would be a strong source of business for the foreseeable future, ColorLines reports.

NY: A Company That Runs Prisons Will Have Its Name on a Stadium (NY Times)
On Tuesday, that trend took another strange turn when Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, firmed a deal to rename its football building GEO Group Stadium. Perhaps that pushed stadium naming to its zenith, if only because the GEO Group is a private prison corporation.

NV: Lawmakers skeptical of plan to merge Nevada parole division, prison system (Las Vegas Sun)
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposal to merge Nevada’s parole division with the prison system got a rugged reception Tuesday from legislators who said they didn’t see any savings or improved services for inmates.

CA: Juvenile crime on the decline in county (Lompoc Record)
No one declared victory in the war on crime, but members of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors said they were encouraged Tuesday to hear that the number of juvenile offenders being referred to the county Probation Department is decreasing.

MT: Bullock signs violent juvenile parole bill (BillingsGazette)
A bill that limits parole eligibility for violent juvenile offenders became law this week after emotional testimony from the families of three Helena boys shot in 2009 by Sebastian Olivares-Coster.

MS: Juvenile facility still in holding mode (The Daily Leader)
Supervisors are still in holding mode with regard to locating a new juvenile detention facility, waiting for talks with Adams County to proceed.Bob Allen, attorney for Lincoln County supervisors, told the board during their Tuesday morning meeting that he has sent a provisional agreement to Adams County regarding a contract allowing Lincoln County to house its juvenile offenders in Adams County.

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