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Michigan High Court Says Parolee Didn't Need Miranda:  The U.S. Supreme Court, on Monday, let stand a 2010 Michigan Supreme Court decision which held that a suspect in jail did not have to be read his Miranda rights before being questioned by a parole officer, despite the suspect having previously requested an attorney.  The state court noted that the questioning in the jail was not a "custodial interrogation" and therefore Miranda did not apply. David Shepardson of the Detroit News reports that parolee Samuel Lee Elliott was arrested in 2010 for violating his probation.  Following the arrest Elliot was read his Miranda rights and questioned by police about a recent robbery.  When he asked for an attorney the interview ended.  Four days later, a parole officer visited Elliot in jail to notify him of several parole violations. During the visit Elliot admitted to the officer that he committed the robbery.  His admission was admitted at trial and he was convicted. 

Inmate Executed for CO's Death:  A Texas inmate was executed yesterday for causing the 2007 death of a corrections officer during an escape at a Huntsville prison.  Cody Stark of the Huntsville Item reports that Jerry Martin and accomplice John Falk Jr., stole a truck after overpowering a field officer, stealing his weapon, and jumping a barb-wire fence while on a work detail in September 2007.  The convicts rammed the vehicle into a horse being ridden by officer Susan Canfield, who was attempting to prevent the escape.  She died of severe head injuries.  Martin was already serving a 50 year sentence for attempted murder.  He waived his right to appeal his death sentence.  Falk's capital murder case was declared a mistrial earlier this year, and he is currently awaiting a new trial.

Medicaid Coverage Expansion Could Reduce Recidivism:  Health officials are hopeful that the 2014 expansion of Michigan's Medicaid coverage will lower the state's recidivism rate by extending coverage to adults who fall around the poverty line, many of whom are inmates.  Julie S of Headlines & Global News reports that as an advocate for inmate health care, the state of Michigan has previously used funds to extend health care to inmates, which resulted in a noticeable decrease in the prison population in only five years.  The plan to extend coverage will give Michigan and other states the ability to finance hospital and medical care of inmates both in and out of prison. Republican legislators are skeptical. 

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