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Gov. Eric Holcomb often brags about the Indiana Women’s Prison. Last year, Holcomb showed the prison off to Ivanka Trump. He’s mentioned the prison in his state of the state address and posted videos to his Facebook page. 

“I wanted to be at your graduation because of what it symbolizes for you and your families and for the state of Indiana,” he said at the 2018 graduation ceremony for The Last Mile, a program that teaches inmates how to code. “We’re all in this together.”

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Wabash County Jail

Feb 21, 2020
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU) has filed a new lawsuit against an Indiana county jail.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of individuals incarcerated at Wabash County Jail and claims the jail is overcrowded, understaffed and unsanitary. ACLU of Indiana attorney Stevie Pactor says that violates the constitution.

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's prison inmates are now allowed to apply for college financial aid through a state program that had long excluded them but was changed under the state's 2020 budget.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has cleared the way for prisoners to sue the Corrections Department for alleged civil rights violations.

The court declined to take an appeal from state officials. They're accused of failing to prevent prisoners from physically abusing inmates who were under 18 years old.

The Michigan Constitution says "no person shall be denied the equal protection of laws" when receiving a public service. But in 1999, lawmakers carved out an exception, saying public service doesn't include prisons or jails.