STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Jails, schools and U.S. 85 among floor topics
BISMARCKThe state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday aimed at reducing the burden of inmate medical costs for jails.
Senate Bill 2024 aims to make it clear that it is not the responsibility o... Posted on 1/25/11 at 3:35 PM
The Grand Forks County jail is starting to experience some growing pains, and that has Administrator Bret Burkholder looking down the road at an expansion of the $16 million building that is not yet 5 years old. While the 242-bed facility is not exactly overcrowded, the average number of prisoners has risen steadily in recent years and is likely to surpass 200 a day this year, based on bookings so far.
Cass County investigates potential food borne illness
About 90 percent of the 184 inmates at the Cass County Jail became ill Sunday night and early Monday with a potential food borne illness, Sheriff Paul Laney said.
Marcellus Beasley, 42, of Grand Forks was sentenced to a year in jail and two years probation for delivering 10 oxycodone pills to inmate Alicia Schrum, 29. Another inmate, Megann Garza-Chin, 27, helped set up the drug delivery, according to court documents.
As lawmakers in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., debate health care and human service programs, county taxpayers wind up footing the bill for people in county custody -- regardless of whether they're convicted of a crime. Authorities note a rise in the number of inmates who have mental health problems, expensive medications and treatments, and a general increase in health care costs.
Chris Haven and Jim Anderson
, January 31, 2011
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