Mendocino County Seeks Post-Realignment Funding

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/15/2015)
County jails will be competing for the about $500 million from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-2016 budget proposal allotted to the latest round of facilities funding to help offset the effects of California realignment, aka AB 109. Although the state has provided about $1.7 billion for new jail construction — $1.2 billion from AB 900 and $500 million from SB 1022 — since AB 109 was passed in 2011, not all of the counties needing help have received jail construction funding. One of those counties is Mendocino County in Northern California.

California to Provide Counseling to Mentally Ill Inmates


(04/08/2015)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced recently that mentally ill inmates in the state’s prison system will now receive more humane treatment. The state filed a new policy earlier this month to allow mentally ill inmates to participate in counseling after an incident as opposed to receiving extended sentences or being sent directly to isolation cells.

Tackling Issues: Designing Facilities for the Mentally Ill

By Daniel R. Rowe
(04/08/2015)
With dwindling options for state-level mental health treatment, county jails are managing a population of inmates that they are often ill equipped to handle. According to the Department of Justice’s 2006 Special Report, 64 percent of those being held in local jails had a mental illness, up from 16 percent in 1998.

Maine Seeks Input on Women’s Reentry Facility


(03/25/2015)
On March 28, the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) will host its final public information session concerning a proposed 72-bed women’s reentry facility in Windham. Though the facility will ease the state’s overcrowding and provide better services for female inmates, local outcry over the plan last month pushed department heads to increase project transparency.

Roundtable Discussion: The Evolution of SECs

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/25/2015)
Correctional News spoke with three SEC industry leaders to catch up on the evolution of the SEC industry. Keith Thoene, president, CML RW Security LLC; Russell Pilcher, CEO, Sierra Detention Systems; and Buddy Johns, president and CEO, Argyle Security, all answered the question: How has the SEC industry evolved since you first started working in it?

National Study Sheds Light on Inmate Health


(03/18/2015)
Roughly 40 percent of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition, according to the 2011-2012 National Inmate Survey released in January from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

New Coffee County Jail to Start Accepting Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2015)
A tentative move-in date for inmates to transfer to the nearly $20 million Coffee County Jail in Manchester is set for May 4. Construction crews are wrapping up interior concrete finishing work on the new jail while officials are moving items from the old jail.

North Dakota County Begins Jail Expansion Process


(03/11/2015)
Following the approval of a $24 million bond proposal, Ward County, N.D., commissioners in Minot are now meeting with financial professionals to begin the borrowing process for a new 100-bed jail expansion. The project will more than double the size of the existing facility and received considerable community support.

Lucas County Resumes New Jail Planning


(03/11/2015)
Lucas County commissioners approved a contract with a consultant to resume preliminary work on the project almost four months after putting construction of the Toledo jail on hold. The commissioners unanimously approved in late February to enter into a contract with a consultants’ group to prepare requests for the bidding process to contract for construction management, architectural and engineering services.

Campbell County Detention Center Reaches Final Construction Phase

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/25/2015)
NEWPORT, Ky. — The Campbell County Detention Center in Newport is currently in the final phase of a four-phase construction project that started in 2005. This last phase includes renovations of the existing center, as well as additional medium-security beds and a new isolation wing that will be used to house inmates in a substance abuse program.