2019 Francke and Clements Award Recipients

CLA would like to congratulate this year's Francke and Clements Award Recipients who will be honored later this month at a special awards dinner during our All Directors Symposium in Carlsbad, CA. 


Podcast tackles Francke murder

 By Jim Redden

The Michael Francke murder is receiving new attention in a free iHeartRadio podcast that became available Oct. 24.

The 12-part series explores the ongoing mystery of the 1989 killing of the director of the Oregon Department of Corrections. A federal judge ruled earlier this year that his convicted killer, Salem petty criminal Frank Gable, did not receive a fair trial and probably is innocent. He has been released while the state appeals the ruling.

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It's time for Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants for people in prison


Education is transformative. Access to postsecondary education, in particular, equips students with the skills they need to succeed in life and contribute to their local communities. But too many people are barred from accessing postsecondary education – including many people in prisons who are eventually released, as 90 percent of incarcerated people are, and find themselves reentering communities without the competitive skills and qualifications necessary for good-paying jobs.

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US prisons and jails using AI to mass-monitor millions of inmate calls


New technology driven by artificial intelligence (AI) is helping prison wardens and sheriffs around the country crack unsolved crimes and thwart everything from violence and drug smuggling to attempted suicides -- in near real time, in some cases -- through digitally mass-monitoring millions of phone calls inside the nation’s sprawling prison and jail systems.

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Jury quickly convicts Brady for prison murders

Lucy Papachristou | Outer Banks Voice 

At about 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, about three dozen family members and friends of four murdered prison employees sat in a chilly courtroom in the Dare County Courthouse in Manteo as the jury read back the verdict of “guilty” on all 14 counts.

The 12-person jury deliberated for only about a half hour before returning to the courtroom and announcing its decision in the murder trial of Mikel E. Brady, Jr.

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Jurors sentence Mikel Brady to death in deadly North Carolina prison breakout attempt

Google-funded program connects Michigan prison inmates to coding skills

BLACKMAN TWP., MI — For six hours, five days a week, 19 inmates at Jackson’s Parnall Correctional Facility are learning computer coding through a partnership with The Last Mile and

The coding program began Aug. 26. A $2 million grant from expanded the program to Indiana in 2018 and also funded the expansion to Michigan and Kansas.

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Coding classes help inmates prepare for productive life outside prison

, The Detroit News

Jackson — Bad choices took John Mannion off a productive path, ultimately resulting in him serving a minimum nine-year prison sentence for armed robbery.

“Society has its rules. I broke 'em,” Mannion said Tuesday at the Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson. 

Now, at 36, Mannion is taking steps to learn a skill that one day may allow him to legally, and reliably, support his family. 

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New program trains Michigan inmates for tree-trimming jobs after prison – Detroit Free Press

The Michigan Department of Corrections and DTE Energy have partnered to train inmates for careers in trimming trees, an initiative to connect returning citizens with jobs after prison while addressing a labor shortage.  Officials unveiled the new program, calling it the first of its kind, at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson.

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Prisoners gain opportunity in growth industry: tree trimming – Detroit News

DTE Energy needs more tree trimmers to help prevent downed lines and keep the power on for Michiganians, so the utility is launching a training program for prisoners to join the workforce. The DTE Energy Foundation offered a $100,000 grant to get the program started at the Vocational Village at Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson.

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