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Court Dismisses Lawsuits Brought Against Cass County Jail By Four Inmates

Jail officials say they respect the religious rights of all inmates

    FARGO, N.D. — Lawsuits filed by four inmates of the Cass County Jail, demanding hundreds of millions of dollars, have been dismissed in District Court. In the first case filed in 2016, three inmates had accused several staff members of intentionally and secretly serving pork after they had notified the jail of religious restrictions. The jail had actually…

New Jail Scanner to Prevent Smuggling Contraband

The jail used to only use a metal detector when processing inmates

CASS COUNTY, N.D. — The Cass County Jail has a new scanner that’s changing the way inmates are processed. The scanner works like an X–ray machine that’s more detailed than airport scanners, but not as detailed as a medical X–ray. It detects differences in density throughout the body, and can pick up anything either on or inside a person, not matter…

BCA Investigating Harmony Inmate’s Death at Minnesota Jail

It happened at about 6:30 on Wednesday evening

  FILLMORE COUNTY, Minn. — Minnesota authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Fillmore County Jail. Thomas Henry, 22, of Harmony, Minnesota died in custody. The sheriff says jail staff and emergency responders found the inmate and attempted to save their life but said they were “unfortunately unsuccessful.” It happened at about 6:30 on Wednesday evening. The…

Clay County Jail Inmate on Work Release Accused of Sexual Assault

Court documents say Cookson sexually assaulted the woman last Wednesday in Hitterdal

CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — Prosecutors say a Clay County jail inmate sexually assaulted a woman after he was allowed work release. Twenty-eight-year-old Alexander Cookson of Hawley has been in custody awaiting trial for a number of charges including malicious punishment of a child. Court documents say Cookson sexually assaulted the woman last Wednesday in Hitterdal. Clay County Attorney Bran Melton…

Former Cass County Correctional Officer Under Investigation

The Cass County Sheriff's Office took a report from an inmate on September 9th alleging the misconduct

  CASS COUNTY, ND — An alleged sexual offense by a former Cass County Jail correctional officer is under investigation. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office took a report from an inmate on September 9th alleging the misconduct. Two days later, the sheriff’s office requested the assistance of the BCI with the investigation. The alleged victim is no longer in custody…

Beltrami County Corrects Information on Inmate Death

Authorities say the wrong information was released to the media after the death of Stephanie Bunker while in their custody

  BELTRAMI COUNTY, Minn. — The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says they want to clear up details behind the death of an inmate in the detention center last July. Authorities say the wrong information was released to the media after the death of Stephanie Bunker while in their custody. Bunker died from complications after an attempted suicide in her cell…

Inmate Escape Leads to Resignation of Top Administrator at Jail in Devils Lake

It took more than 30 hours to notice an inmate had escaped

DEVILS LAKE, ND — A top administrator at the regional jail in Devils Lake has resigned after the latest breakout. Capt. Duane Armstrong resigned following the escape last week of 25-year-old Seth Suko. He escaped on Thursday and was recaptured on Friday. It took more than 30 hours to notice an inmate had escaped. An investigation found that Suko’s escape…

Giving People a Chance: Fargo’s F5 Project Helping Former Inmates Strive for Success

The mission of the organization is to keep the past in the past

FARGO, ND — A Cass County organization’s mission is to keep the past, in the past. The F5 Project works to give former inmates a second chance. “I am a five-time felon and had the community around me not given me a chance, we wouldn’t be here today,” said Adam Martin, who is the executive director of the F5 Project….

Ramsey County, ND Looking into Sheriff’s Office Procedures After Death of Former Inmate

Authorities say Feather was dropped off in the interest of community service and the temperatures were above freezing

  RAMSEY COUNTY, ND — Ramsey County commissioners in North Dakota are launching an investigation into procedures of the sheriff’s office after the death of an inmate released from custody. Authorities say 65-year-old Virgil Feather was released from the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center in November and dropped off near the Ramsey and Benson county line but was reported missing…

BCI Investigating Inmate Death in Grand Forks

The man was found unresponsive in his cell before being taken to a hospital

  GRAND FORKS, N.D. — An investigation into the death of an inmate at Grand Forks County Correctional Center is underway. Nathan Dogskin, 45, was found unresponsive in his cell and taken to Altru where he died last Saturday. The North Dakota BCI is investigating the circumstances surround his death. Dogskin was in jail after his probation for failing to…