Top Project: Broward County Courthouse Nears Completion


(05/18/2016)
The new Broward County Courthouse is scheduled to open this summer, about a year after the original projected completion date. Construction on the about $245 million courthouse began in August 2012.
 

Revised Alabama Prison Construction Bill Dies in State House


(05/10/2016)
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s multi-million-dollar plan to build four new prisons across the state died on May 4 when the state House failed to vote on an amended version of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act prior to its expiration time and the end of the Legislative session.
 

Tulare County to Break Ground on New Detention Facility


(05/10/2016)
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors awarded a $52.4 million contract to San Fernando, Calif.-based Bernards Bros. Inc. to build the new 510-bed South County Detention Facility in Porterville. DLR Group Inc. and Vanir Construction Management Inc. have already been hired to help with the project — both of which have offices in Sacramento, Calif.
 

Alabama Lawmakers Approve $800 Million Prison Construction Plan


(05/03/2016)
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s $800 million plan to build four new prisons across the state passed successfully through the state House of Representatives on April 28 after being approved by the Senate earlier last month.
 

Stewart County Debuts New, $7.5 Million Jail


(05/03/2016)
Stewart County debuted its new $7.5 million jail in Dover in early 2016 as the answer to a federal court order that put a limit on the number of inmates that could be housed in the previously overcrowded jail. Chattanooga, Tenn.-based TWH Architects served as the architect on the project, while Humboldt, Tenn.-based Lashlee-Rich Inc. served as the construction manager.
 

SEC Roundtable: Trends and Technology

By Lindsey Coulter
(04/20/2016)
Security electronics contractors (SECs) have their fingers on the pulse of the correctional and justice industry — anticipating safety and security trends and adapting to changing needs and regulations. Correctional News spoke with representatives of three leading SEC firms to get their perspectives on the evolution of the industry.
 

Progress Continues on Skagit County Jail, a 2016 Project to Watch

By Lindsey Coulter
(04/20/2016)
Work on the Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon began in November 2015, much to the relief of jail staff. The county had been in need of new correctional facilities for more than a decade and regularly was forced to accommodate more than twice the 83 inmates for which it was originally rated. Once complete, the jail will contain 400 beds throughout both housing pods and dormitories, medical and dental care facilities, and a courtroom. It will also be built with ample space to expand to 800 beds in the future.
 

New Report Criticizes Lack of HIV Services for Louisiana Inmates


(04/05/2016)
In the report, “Paying the Price: Failure to Deliver HIV Services in Louisiana Parish Jails,” national advocacy group Human Rights Watch claims Louisiana jail inmates consistently receive HIV services that are “limited, haphazard, and in many cases, non-existent.”
 

San Luis Obispo Women’s Jail to Debut March 2017


(04/05/2016)
Construction on the much-anticipated San Luis Obispo County women’s jail broke ground in February 2014 and is well underway for a March 2017 opening. Discussions about the jail began as far back as 1999 when a grand jury report highlighted overcrowding at the county’s current jail, according to The Tribune.
 

CDCR Regains Health Care Control at Second Prison

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/30/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regained responsibility for providing medical care at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad in early March. This marks the second state prison that the CDCR regained medical care responsibilities for after a decade of federal control.