Department of Corrections http://wkms.org en Kentucky Corrections Department Addresses DNA Collection Problems http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-corrections-department-addresses-dna-collection-problems <p></p><p>The Kentucky Department of Corrections has outlined a plan to remedy a faulty DNA collection system for convicted felons&nbsp;months after the Office of the Inspector General reported that more than 16,000 DNA samples were missing.</p><p>In 2009, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of DNA samples from convicted felons. So the Department of Corrections delegated that responsibility to its probation and parole officers. But this summer, the inspector general's &nbsp;investigation found that that this wasn’t happening. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:21:13 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37294 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Corrections Department Addresses DNA Collection Problems Dept. Of Corrections Using Mobile App For Offenders http://wkms.org/post/dept-corrections-using-mobile-app-offenders <p></p><p>There's a mobile app that notifies crime victims about changes in the status of criminal offenders in Kentucky. The free app is called "VINEMobile."</p><p>The state Department of Corrections says it allows people to use smartphones or tablets to register and be notified of changes in an offender's custody status, such as a release, parole eligibility or escape. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:14:33 +0000 The Associated Press 36337 at http://wkms.org Dept. Of Corrections Using Mobile App For Offenders Corrections Officers Asking For More Pay http://wkms.org/post/corrections-officers-asking-more-pay <p></p><p>A union representing Kentucky corrections officers plans to meet to discuss a push for higher pay.</p><p>The Lake Barkley #60 Fraternal Order of Police is set to meet today at Lee Jones Park in Eddyville.</p><p>Union President Larry Bland told WPSD the state needs to find a way to pay more to its underpaid and overworked corrections officers. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:45:25 +0000 The Associated Press 36255 at http://wkms.org Corrections Officers Asking For More Pay Illinois Department of Corrections Says, “Don’t Stop Coming to Work” http://wkms.org/post/illinois-department-corrections-says-don-t-stop-coming-work <p></p><p>The Illinois Department of Corrections is telling workers at prisons targeted for shutdown they should keep coming to work after the end of the month. A letter sent to correctional employees announces what officials call a "temporary delay" in the face of layoffs and closures scheduled for August 31<sup>st</sup>. &nbsp;Governor Pat Quinn wants to shut down prisons such as Tamms in Southern Illinois, but is meeting resistance from the prison workers' union.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:00:31 +0000 Dave Shinall & The Associated Press 21383 at http://wkms.org Illinois Department of Corrections Says, “Don’t Stop Coming to Work”