Luzerne County Manager Robert Lawton proposed exploring the feasibility of a new Luzerne County Correctional Facility, a formerly unsuccessful plan that cost the county $2.5 million in planning and design in 2006.
A new jail in Effingham County recently broke ground in response to severe inmate overcrowding in the area. Ground was broken on the project in late February and is expected to take around two years to complete.
Formerly Valley State Prison for Women, the new Valley State Prison recently completed its conversion from a women’s facility to a men’s prison in an effort to utilize facilities and relieve overcrowding in California state prisons.
As California continues to work on reducing prison population in the state, they also have been busy making improvements to facilities, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) California Medical Facility’s (CMF) new outpatient treatment center in Vacaville.
A Nebraska senator recently sounded the alarm about a potential lawsuit in his state’s correctional system. Senator Brad Ashford (I-Omaha), chairman of the state legislature’s judiciary committee, warned that his state must address its prison overcrowding problem or face the risk of judicial action.
When I first met Charles Veniez at the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 2012 Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., he was fresh on the scene and making his debut as Norment Security Group’s new CEO — now, after running into him at the 2013 ACA Winter Conference (being less than a year on the job), Veniez seemed like a seasoned veteran with the company.
The Clinical Care Unit (CCU) at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is about to be closed after only 10 years of use. The state spent $26 million to construct the 200-bed mental health facility but is now mothballing it in preparation for the opening of a new $117 million maximum-security prison.