Staying Focused at Arrington Watkins

By Torrey Sims
(06/28/2016)
Peter Sangiorgio has been a justice architect since 1995 and has been responsible for the design of large-scale projects throughout the U.S. with Phoenix-based architecture firm, Arrington Watkins. The firm, created in September 1994 by respected architects, David Watkins and Lynn Arrington, hired Sangiorgio as one of its first employees.
 

Jerome County Jail Debuts After 10 Years


(06/28/2016)
Contractors are finishing up a few last-minute touches on the Jerome County Jail project before it debuts in Jerome in July. Most of the construction is complete except for the backup generator, which needs to be in place before the city can issue an occupancy permit, reported Times-News. Sheriff Doug McFall originally planned to use a generator from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, but the project team found coolant in the oil as it was being installed. Instead of having to rebuild the used generator, they ordered another one, which was shipped on June 16. McFall told Times-News that it will take a week or two to get up and running, which means inmates will be moved in some time in the coming wings.
 

Study Links Drop in Crime to Reduced Incarceration


(06/22/2016)
In contrast to arguments that increased incarceration is necessary to reduce crime, a new study released June 7 by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law claims otherwise. The study examined data from all 50 states on imprisonment and crime from 2006, (as authors note bipartisan criminal justice reforms generally began around 2007) through 2014, the most recent year for which complete data is available.
 

Facility of the Month: Going for Gold

By Ahavah Revis
(06/22/2016)
The 257,000-square-foot, $165 million Maple Street Correctional Center (MSCC) in Redwood City, Calif., is a model for corrections with compassion, with sizable space for inmate programs, natural light and ventilation, artwork, top-notch staff amenities and significant sustainability features. Aiming for LEED Gold, the 576-bed facility delivers an innovative approach to how inmates can serve out their sentences while bettering themselves through programs, which could ultimately help to reduce recidivism.
 

San Diego Grand Jury Critiques Adult Correctional Facilities


(06/09/2016)
San Diego jails could be doing more to support inmate education and successful reentry, according to a new report released June 1. Authored by a San Diego County Grand Jury tasked with reviewing correctional facilities and operations, the report highlights multiple areas within the county’s seven adult detention facilities requiring improvement.
 

Seneca County to Build Joint Justice Center

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/09/2016)
This fall, construction will begin on the new Seneca County Joint Justice Center in Tiffin. A first of its kind in Ohio, the approximately $14.4 million courts facility will serve both the city and county, housing the city of Tiffin’s Municipal Court and Clerk of the Courts as well as the county’s Common Pleas Court, Clerk of the Courts and Probation Department.
 

Q&A: Inside the Planning of New Institutions Training

By Lindsey Coulter
(06/08/2016)
The Planning of New Institutions (PONI) training program hosted throughout the year by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) offers an in-depth look at the planning and preparation needed to ensure a successful correctional construction project.
 

Metro-Davidson Criminal Justice Center to Begin Construction


(06/08/2016)
Construction on the new Metro-Davidson Criminal Justice Center is scheduled to start soon after the design phase is completed in July. Initial work would include demolition of the old jail located on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville.
 

AJA Wraps Up its 35th Annual Conference & Jail Expo in Austin


(05/25/2016)
The American Jail Association’s (AJA) 35th Annual Conference & Jail Expo took place on May 22-25, in Austin. AJA’s Annual Conference & Jail Expo is the only national event that focuses on local jails, according to the association. Since the event took place in Austin, it was co-hosted by the Travis County Sheriff’s Department.
 

Ohio Announces Prison Farms Closures, Union Files Injunction

By Lindsey Coulter
(05/25/2016)
Ten prison farms across Ohio may soon close as part of a state plan to sell the properties and devote the proceeds to inmate employment and rehabilitation programs, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr told the Associated Press last month. The move to close the facilities and liquidate all assets prompted the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) to seek an injunction.