New Orleans Weighs Inmate Housing Options


(06/11/2014)
The lack of specialized housing for inmates with severe mental illness in the soon to be completed Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) is the latest point of contention for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) and the city’s mayor. Though the new 433,000-square foot prison will improve significantly on New Orleans’ hurricane-ravaged correctional facilities, it currently does not include a unit for inmates living with acute and sub-acute mental illness. This has prompted Sheriff Marlin Gusman to propose construction of another new correctional facility.
 

Tabor Correctional Institution Debuts Addition

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/11/2014)
An addition to the recently opened Tabor Correctional Institution in Tabor City was completed earlier this year with inmates moving in this past February. The 252-bed addition brings the facility’s capacity to over 1,700, making it the second largest prison in the state behind Scotland Correctional Institution. Both the Scotland and Tabor prisons were part of a six-prison building effort that ended with the opening of Tabor Correctional in 2008.
 

Thomson Prison Receives Funding Boost


(06/10/2014)
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced on June 5 that he and other members of the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved $43.7 million for equipment and staffing to continue the activation of Thomson Prison.

Pueblo Unit Opens for Juvenile Justice Girls

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/10/2014)
To avoid sending teenage girls accused or convicted of crimes to a maximum-security women’s prison, the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) decided to renovate an existing, self-contained building on the Albert J. Solnit Psychiatric Center – South Campus in Middleton.

Ontario Prison to Open Using Direct Supervision

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/28/2014)
The South West Detention Centre, Ontario’s latest maximum-security facility, will start receiving inmates in June. The facility particularly stands out for its variety of living scenarios depending on inmate behavior.

Ohio to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles


(05/28/2014)
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has settled a lawsuit against the State of Ohio to end what it deemed unlawful seclusion of youth in juvenile correctional facilities. According to a release issued by the DOJ, the United States and private plaintiffs have reached an agreement with the state under which the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) will dramatically reduce, and eventually eliminate, its use of seclusion on young people.

Long Beach Courthouse Named Best Public Project


(05/21/2014)
The project team that designed the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach earned the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Award for the 2014 Best Public Project earlier this year. The project team consisted of Los Angeles-headquartered AECOM as the architect-engineer of record; Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Clark Design/Build of California as the design-builder; and locally based Long Beach Judicial Partners (LBJP) as the developer.

BJS Honored for PREA Standards


(05/21/2014)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and several of its partners have received the 2014 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). The BJS was honored for its innovative efforts to measure sexual victimization in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Senior Statistical Advisor and Program Lead for BJS Allen J. Beck accepted the award on behalf of the bureau and its data collection agents, including RTI International of Durham, N.C., Westat of Rockville, Md., National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Census Bureau, at the annual AAPOR conference on May 17.

Christie Commits to Inmate Education, Rehabilitation


(05/14/2014)
At a recent press conference, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie applauded the expansion of the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons program (NJ-STEP). The privately funded program offers New Jersey inmates the opportunity to complete free college courses and credits, and will expand to serve 2,000 inmates by 2018. This move is the latest in a series made by the state to improve services for inmates and reduce recidivism.

Stanton Correctional Facility Prepares for July Debut

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/14/2014)
The new 127,800-square-foot Stanton Correctional Facility in Fairfield will debut in July, about two years after construction broke ground. The 362-bed maximum security adult detention facility is one of the first group of projects to be financed by the State AB 900 funding, which approved $1.2 billion in jail construction funding due to overcrowding and realignment issues.