Nebraska Prisons Report Calls for Multiple Reforms


(12/17/2014)
Nebraska’s seven-member Department of Correctional Services Special Investigation Committee released a 62-page report on Dec. 15 calling for sweeping reforms and the firing of several correctional officials.

Putnam County Jail Construction to Begin in 2015

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/17/2014)
Construction on the Putnam County Jail in Palatka is finally scheduled to begin in early January 2015, about five years after RQAW was hired to conduct a physical assessment of the jail to see what kind of upgrades needed to be made.

Gaines County Jail Under Construction

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/09/2014)
The first phase of construction, which included the foundation and walls, of the new jail in Seminole is underway. Construction broke ground in August and is expected to be complete in July 2015.
 

Feds Take Strong Stance on Juvenile Education


(12/09/2014)
Officials from the United States Department of Education recently reasserted their stance on providing high quality education to learning disabled students in correctional and secure settings.
 

Forsyth Courthouse, Jail Scheduled for Spring Debut


(12/03/2014)
Construction on the new Forsyth County Justice Center in Cummings is currently on track to debut this spring. The design includes a five-story courthouse and adjacent jail, both of which are being built to enhance security as well as be flexible for expansion.
 

Top Florida Correctional Official Resigns


(11/26/2014)
After two years and a flurry of controversies, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews will resign at the end of the month. Following the resignation announcement, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Tim Cannon, a more than 20-year veteran of the department and its current deputy secretary, to serve as interim secretary.

Construction Begins on Welsh Super Prison


(11/26/2014)
Construction work began earlier this month on the about $332 million prison in Wrexham after Wrexham Council’s planning committee approved plans for the prison on Nov. 3. The super prison will be the largest in England and Wales and will house 2,100 Category C male offenders.
 

Precast Complete on New Reno County Facility


(11/19/2014)
On August 25, Oldcastle Modular set the last precast concrete cell module for the new $29 million Reno County Correctional Facility expansion, completing the precast portion of the facility and marking a significant milestone for the project.

Utah Corrections Report Predicts $542 Million Savings


(11/19/2014)
The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) released the Justice Reinvestment Report on Nov. 12. The report features a comprehensive set of data-driven recommendations for the upcoming legislative session in order to help reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable and save taxpayers an estimated $542 million by averting most of Utah’s projected prison growth over the next 20 years.

Iowa Prison Population Predicted to Grow by 39 Percent

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/12/2014)
The Iowa State Department of Corrections may have a busy decade ahead of them. A new report produced by the state Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) stated that its prison population could increase by 39 percent over the next 10 years from 8,119 inmates to an estimated 11,317 inmates. That increase would exceed the current capacities at several existing state prisons.