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.

DeKalb County Anticipates Jail Expansion


(06/02/2015)
A proposed $32 million expansion of the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore reached a significant milestone in May when the county’s Jail Solution Committee announced it was preparing a list of funding recommendations.

Macon County Courthouse Jail Project Breaks Ground

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/02/2015)
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 26 for the new Macon County Courthouse and Jail project. During the ceremony, three county commissioners took turns discussing the courthouse jail project, which they began planning several years ago.

Texas Lawmakers Support More In-Person Inmate Visitation


(05/27/2015)
Texas state lawmakers in both the House and Senate voted on Monday in support of House Bill 549, requiring that county jails provide inmates with greater access to in-person visitation. The bill, brought by Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) will require county jails to make at least two, 20-minute, in-person visits available to inmates each week.

Bi-County Jail Breaks Ground in Bismarck

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/27/2015)
Construction broke ground on the combined jail for Burleigh and Morton counties to be built in southeast Bismarck, and it is slated for completion in January 2017. Locally based UBL Design Group, in cooperation with New York-based Venture Architects, revealed plans for the new 476-bed facility last year. Locally based Comstock Construction is serving as the main contractor on the project.

Napa Co. Jail Faces Long Road to Recovery


(05/19/2015)
Nearly nine months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now estimating the impacted local jail will not reopen until mid 2016.

Baltimore to Build New Youth Jail


(05/19/2015)
The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved plans last week to build a $30 million, 60-bed jail for Baltimore teenagers charged as adults after years of concern about the treatment of the young defendants who are mixed in with adults.

Ontario Expands Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre


(05/12/2015)
The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced on May 5 that work to expand the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in New London is now underway. Work will include the addition of a new 112-bed, 25,000-square-foot regional intermittent care facility for males that will address capacity issues, reduce contraband and improve safety for both correctional staff and inmates, according to a statement by the ministry.

Crawford County Jail Designed to Meet Growing Population

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/12/2015)
Construction broke ground earlier this month on the new Crawford County jail in Van Buren. The nearly $20 million facility will be approximately 64,000 square feet and will include a 307-bed jail, the sheriff’s office, 911 dispatching center and arraignment court with the ability to add a full justice center in the future. The new jail will be built on a site at the edge of Van Buren off of U.S. Route 64.