Department of Corrections

12:21 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Kentucky Corrections Department Addresses DNA Collection Problems

The Kentucky Department of Corrections has outlined a plan to remedy a faulty DNA collection system for convicted felons months after the Office of the Inspector General reported that more than 16,000 DNA samples were missing.

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  investigation found that that this wasn’t happening.

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7:14 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Dept. Of Corrections Using Mobile App For Offenders

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."

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.

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6:45 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Corrections Officers Asking For More Pay


A union representing Kentucky corrections officers plans to meet to discuss a push for higher pay.

The Lake Barkley #60 Fraternal Order of Police is set to meet today at Lee Jones Park in Eddyville.

Union President Larry Bland told WPSD the state needs to find a way to pay more to its underpaid and overworked corrections officers.

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9:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Illinois Department of Corrections Says, “Don’t Stop Coming to Work”

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 31st.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to shut down prisons such as Tamms in Southern Illinois, but is meeting resistance from the prison workers' union.