San Francisco Cuts Prison Call Costs


(07/09/2014)
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has amended its contract with the city’s jail telephone provider, Global Tel*Link, substantially lowering inmate call costs. The service provider accepted the new agreement in late June, and is now in the final year of its contract with the city, which ends May 31, 2015.

Fulton State Mental Hospital to Undergo Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/09/2014)
St. Louis-based Parsons Brinckerhoff was recently awarded a contract to design a replacement facility for the Fulton State Mental Hospital, the first public mental institution west of the Mississippi River. Today, it houses the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric facility, the Biggs Forensic Center.

Hidalgo County Approves Preliminary Courthouse Design

By Lindsey Coulter
(06/26/2014)
Hidalgo County Commissioners have approved schematic designs for a new multimillion-dollar courthouse that could be completed as early as 2020. Though the approval did not give the project an official green light, or provide funding, it will allow the design process to move forward.

McKinstry Develops Plan for Grant County Courthouse

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/26/2014)
The Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata is in need of an upgrade. It is currently operating with cracks in the building and an inefficient heating and cooling system.

San Diego Completes First Phase of SDCWDF

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/25/2014)
The $162 million Phase 1 portion of the new San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility (SDCWDF) in Santee will be completed on June 30, with the completion of the $60 million Phase 2 scheduled for Jan. 7, 2016.

Escapes Highlight Hawaii’s Correctional Challenges


(06/25/2014)
After two inmates escaped from Hawaii’s Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) in the span of a week, attention has been refocused on the state’s increasingly crowded correctional population.

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.