Q&A: Engineering a Top Jail Health Care Facility

By Lindsey Coulter
(07/22/2015)
In recent years, the line between correctional facilities and mental health facilities has blurred. Jails and prisons are now some of the largest de facto mental health providers in the country, and many county jails in dense metro areas are seeing more inmates in need of mental health services. However, as inmate populations age, providing both basic and more advanced medical care is also becoming a major concern.

Builders Discuss Construction vs. Renovation

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/22/2015)
Correctional News interviewed construction experts about current trends, challenges and advice needed to work in today’s market, as the corrections industry continues to evolve. Tony Ewalt, vice president, division manager for Sletten Corrections; Ryan Heeter, senior vice president, McCarthy Building Companies Inc.; Tom Bartelli, senior pre-construction manager, JE Dunn Construction; and Sid Jordan, president and CEO, Northern and Southern Regions, Clark Construction Group; all provided insight by answering the following question about new construction versus renovation projects.

Work Begins on Seward County Justice Center


(07/01/2015)
Work is officially underway on the new Seward County Justice Center, which will combine the county’s sheriff’s office, courts, attorney’s office, emergency dispatch center, public defender’s office and probation programs. The new $15 million facility may take up to two years to complete, but the county hopes to begin transferring inmates by the winter of 2017.

Litchfield County Courthouse to Consolidate Court Operations

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/01/2015)
Construction on the new 183,600-square-foot Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington is currently underway. Farmington, Conn.-based KBE Building Corporation, the company overseeing the $67.8 million project, began erecting structural steel for the new building in May. The facility is scheduled for completion in next summer.

Work Stopped on Orleans Parish Prison


(07/01/2015)
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered the stoppage of all work on the contentious Orleans Parish Prison on June 24, only to have a civil district judge rule in favor of the sheriff’s office and temporarily order progress to resume on June 26. Work will now continue until July 8, when a hearing will take place to decide the project’s next move.

Yolo County Plans for Detention Center Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/01/2015)
Plans are underway for the expansion and update of Yolo County’s Monroe Detention Center in Woodland. San Francisco-based Lionakis is serving as the architect on the project, and several drafts have already been designed.

The GEO Group to Re-Open Michigan Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/23/2015)
Plans are moving forward with the re-opening of the North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin. The 1,740-bed facility, owned by Boca Raton, Fla.-based The Geo Group, a private prison operator, recently signed a contract with the Vermont Department of Corrections to house up to 675 inmates at the Baldwin facility as early as July.

Tablets Offer Inmates Education, Information & Entertainment


(06/23/2015)
Following three years of research and development, Global Tel*Link (GTL), headquartered in Reston, announced on June 4 that it has successfully deployed new inmate tablet technology that could contribute to efforts to reduce recidivism.

Utah Prison Relocation Initiative Solicits Community Feedback


(06/10/2015)
Utah lawmakers and correctional leaders held a hearing on June 16 to discuss four potential sites for the state’s new correctional facility. This latest hearing follows three informational meetings held over May and early June in Salt Lake City, Grantsville and the Eagle Mountain/Fairfield area, all of which are potential sites for the soon-to-be-relocated state prison.

Arkansas DOC Adds Beds, Re-Entry Programs to Ease Overcrowding

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/10/2015)
The Arkansas Department of Correction has started on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $33 million plan to address prison overcrowding in the state. While the plan does not involve building a new prison, it does involve adding prison beds, hiring new parole and probation officers, and investing in re-entry and alternative sentencing programs.