Prisons and Jails

In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid

The number of states making it easier for inmates to reactivate benefits has tripled.

Rural Communities Look to Jails for Revenue

A new report found that rural areas are increasingly renting out jail beds to places with overcrowded facilities in an effort to bring in more revenue.

Trying to End the Dangerous Practice of Late-Night Jail Releases

If signed by the governor, a measure passed by the California legislature would require jails to set new release times and provide people with free phone calls to arrange transportation.

A Private Prison Ban Could Be Coming in California

California has relied on private prisons to relieve overcrowding in state-run facilities—but now the state may eliminate them entirely.

At least 25% of People in Jail Are Booked More Than Once a Year, Report Says

A new report sheds light on how many people are arrested and booked into jail several times per year, often because of mental health or substance abuse problems.

'Inhumane' Jail Conditions Could Cost Ohio County Millions

Cuyahoga County jail made national headlines when videos of abuse behind bars went viral earlier this year. Now some county officials are saying taxpayers will pay the price.