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Jamestown Correctional Center inmates find creative way to give gifts of comfort

The inmates are crocheting hats, blankets and even hacky sacks.

  JAMESTOWN, N.D.- Inmates at James River Correctional Center are taking the time to help those in need. It all started with an unusual request made by an inmate more than a decade ago. “One resident asking me for some yarn,” says Chaplain Mark Hanes from the James River Correctional Center. The inmate was looking for a way to pass…

10 people test positive for COVID-19 at Cass County Jail

FARGO, N.D. — Mass COVID-19 testing at Cass County Jail has produced some interesting results. The jail has 11 positive cases, and none of the people showed any symptoms. Two days ago, 252 tests were administered on 156 inmates and 96 staff members.Three inmates refused testing. Of those completed tests, 5 employees and 6 inmates received positive results for the…

Former ND State Senator Uses Drive To Donate Over 1,000 Books For Inmates

Flakoll says he's gotten books from more than 10 states and more kept coming in to show their support.

FARGO, N.D. — Tri-College Provost Tim Flakoll is giving a big helping hand to the Cass County Jail. The former North Dakota State Senator dropped off over 1,500 books as a part of his book drive for inmates. Flakoll says he was going to wait until after the pandemic to make the delivery, but changed his mind after he found…

Cass County Jail Inmate Tests Positive For COVID-19

The inmate has mild symptoms and is in isolation

FARGO, N.D. — An inmate currently in custody at the Cass County Jail tests positive for the coronavirus. Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner says the staff at the jail has been preparing for this exact situation. “We predicted that at some point, we would probably have an individual who would come in who was, you know, who was infectious with…

Cass County Correctional Facility Discusses Their Procedure For Sick Inmates

The Cass County Sherrif discussed the facility's process of isolation and quarantine

CASS COUNTY, N.D. – Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, The Cass County correctional facility has been taking extra precautions to assure the safety of inmates and staff. “That begins with a screening process when officers come to our facility. That screening process is for the officers who are bringing the intakes into our facility and then the actual person who…

Former ND Senator Launching Book Drive for Inmates

Donations will be accepted until March 15.

FARGO, N.D.–A former North Dakota Senator is working to launch a book drive for inmates. Tim Flakoll was a member of the North Dakota State Senate for 18 years. Now he is attempting to collect books to donate to jails for inmate reform efforts. Studies have shown that giving prisoners access to educational tools such as books can lower recidivism…

Record Use of Solitary Confinement in Minnesota Last Year

The number of solitary sentences has been going up steadily for the last two years.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A record number of Minnesota prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement last year. The Minnesota Department of Corrections placed inmates in solitary more than 8,000 times in 2018. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the number of solitary sentences has been going up steadily for the last two years. Last session, the Minnesota Legislature passed…

Inmate Video Visitation System Now Available At Cass County Jail

Visitors have the option of either going to the jail or they can reserve time for a remote visit

FARGO, N.D. — A new video visitation system is up and running at Cass County Jail. Inmate visitation is now available 7 days a week starting at 8 am and ending each night when the housing units lockdown for the evening. Visitors have the option of either going to the jail to use one of five video stations that have…

Fargo City Commissioner Wants F-5 Project Put on Hold

The group's founder says his organization is working with the city to get the application to correct the violation

  FARGO, ND — A Fargo city commissioner wants the F-5 Project stopped until it meets city codes. Dave Piepkorn said the housing project for former inmates didn’t get the proper city approval. Piepkorn said it’s clear the homes violate city code because more than three non-family members live in the houses. The violation was discovered after city leaders got…

F5 Project Working to Give Former Inmates a Second Chance

Keeping the past in the past

FARGO, ND — A Cass County organization’s mission is to keep the past, in the past. The F-5 project works to give former inmates a second chance. KVRR’s Shiina LoSciuto joins us from Dakota Medical Foundation with more. SHIINA LOSCIUTO: F5 is a fairly new organization to the metro but it’s growing, hoping to connect community members who are willing…