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Articles by Derick Limberg

Mentally Ill Prisoners In South Dakota Are Receiving Inadequate Care

By Derick Limberg

According to statistics, South Dakota jails and prisons are failing to properly care for their mentally ill prisoners. A 2006 Department of Justice report found 56% of state and 64% of county prisoners reported symptoms of mental disorders.

Over the past 50 years, states have been closing ...

Illinois Governor Bases Prison Closure Decision on Politics

Illinois Governor Bases Prison Closure Decision on Politics

by Derick Limberg

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Illinois spent at least $17 million to transform the 137-year-old Pontiac Correctional Center (PCC) into a specialized facility to house the state’s most violent prisoners.

However, in May 2008, Illinois Governor Rod ...

North Carolina Audit Finds Deficiencies in 
State-Funded Youth Programs

North Carolina Audit Finds Deficiencies in ?State-Funded Youth Programs

by Derek S. Limburg

On July 29, 2008, North Carolina’s State Auditor issued a report on the state’s oversight of juvenile delinquency prevention programs. The audit focused on three areas, all related to Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils (JCPCs).

Each ...

Widespread Corruption in Private Halfway Houses

by Derek S. Limburg

Privately-operated halfway houses across the nation have become embroiled in scandals and mismanagement. The wrongdoing stretches from the top to the bottom, from former politicians and corrections commissioners to staff and prisoners.

Reports surfaced in June 2008 about operational problems at The Villa, a halfway house ...

Maryland Prison Employees Strip Searched After False Alert by Drug Scanning Machine

Maryland Prison Employees Strip Searched After False Alert by Drug Scanning Machine

by Derek Limburg

Nine prison employees at the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) received the same treatment as prisoners upon their arrival at work on August 12, 2008. The employees, including guards and counselors, were strip-searched.

By request ...

Helping Ex-Prisoners Find Jobs Has Become Important to the Government, Finally

Helping Ex-Prisoners Find Jobs Has Become Important to the Government, Finally

by Derick Limberg

The federal government and some cities are making an effort to help ex-cons receive job training and get hired. Besides tax incentives, some companies are making a concerted effort to hire disadvantaged people which includes ex-convicts ...