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Dolly Parton Helps Implement Strategies to Lower Drop Out Rates in Schools

In 1990, the high school dropout rate for Dolly Parton's hometown of Sevierville Tennessee was at 34% (Research shows that most kids make up their minds in fifth/sixth grade not to graduate). That year, all fifth and sixth graders from Sevierville were invited by Parton to attend an assembly at Dollywood. They were asked to pick a buddy, and if both students completed high school, Dolly Parton would personally hand them each a $500 check on their graduation day. As a result, the dropout rate for those classes fell to 6%, and has generally retained that average to this day.
Shortly after the success of The Buddy Program, Parton learned in dealing with teachers from the school district that problems in education often begin during first grade when kids are at different developmental levels. That year The Dollywood Foundation paid the salaries for additional teachers assistants in every first grade class for the next 2 years, under the agreement that if the program worked, the school …

Mississippi Governor- COVID-19 is No Excuse to Release Inmates

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that the state will not consider early release for prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic, even with inmates living in conditions that make social distancing difficult.
“Unlike many other states, I do not believe we ought to use the excuse of a pandemic to change our sentencing structure in our criminal justice system,” the Republican governor said in response to questions during a news conference.
Mississippi has one of the highest incarceration rates in the United States. An advocacy group for inmate safety, the Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition, issued an open letter to Reeves this week. It demanded that the state release all juveniles, elderly and medically fragile people from custody. It also demanded release of all inmates who have been granted parole and are awaiting release and all inmates with less than two years left to serve.
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This Week In Bail News Released 5/26/2020

The Professional Bondsmen of Texas have released the summary of "What Matters This Week in Bail News."  This week we highlight one of many stories regarding a fatal stabbing in Houston, the extension of the Stay at Home order in Harris County, and many more (along with a little humor this week).  
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Past issues of "What Matters This Week in Bail News" CLICK HERE.

"Prisoners Around the World are Facing a Death Sentence Due to COVID-19"

In the U.S., a group called The Mashall Project has been collecting data on COVID-19 infections in penitentiaries with state by state breakdowns. As of the week of May 13th, there were at least 25,239 cases of coronavirus reported among prisoners, with 373 deaths. As with all COVID-19 related statistics, the real numbers are likely even higher. One of the virus hot-spots is Chicago’s own Cook County jail, which has become the nation’s largest-known source of coronavirus infections, according to data compiled by the New York Times. Cook County itself is a major virus hub, with approximately 1 in 77 people infected.
Even when additional precautions are taken, the effects are often minimal, leading to some seeking more drastic action. A number of disputes are being filed claiming that prison conditions and the lack of protection measures against the coronavirus are violating the constitutional right of prisoners barring cruel and unusual punishment. The ACLU has filed a class-action suit …

Officials Believe COVID-19 Contained at Cook County Jail; Sued Anyway

COVID-19 tests are now standard during the intake process for all new detainees entering the jail, one of several measures that officials said has helped them turn a critical corner on the pandemic. At its worst, over a two-month period, the deadly virus infected just over 700 inmates, including seven who died.
Two correctional officers have died, with hundreds also infected.
Dr. Connie Mennella, who oversees medical care at the jail, told the Tribune testing data indicates the facility has moved beyond the stage of flattening the curve and into containment, with a positive test rate that is below 10%. The reported turnaround has been challenged by a group of civil rights attorneys who have alleged the opposite in a federal court filing, saying jail officials failed to adequately respond to protect those in custody as the crisis overtook the sprawling, Southwest Side complex.
The suit will likely play out over some time.
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Remembering Their Sacrifice: Audie Murphy, American Soldier, Actor, Songwriter, Rancher, Texan

Audie Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. 
The Medal of Honor was awarded to Murphy after he single-handedly held off a company of German soldiers at the Colmar Pocket and then, incredibly, even after being wounded, led a counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.  Murphy was 19 at the time.
The Germans scored a direct hit on an M10 tank destroyer, setting it alight, forcing the crew to abandon it. Murphy ordered his men to retreat to positions in the woods, remaining alone at his post, shooting his M1 carbine and directing artillery fire via his field telephone while the Germans aimed fire directly at his position.
Murphy mounted the abandoned, burning tank destroyer and began firing its .50 caliber machine gun at the advancing Germans, killing a squad crawling through a ditch towards him. For an hour, Murphy…