Alabama Initiative to Support Construction of Four New Prisons


(03/08/2016)
In late February, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the introduction of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act. The new legislation will provide for the construction of four modern and more efficient prison facilities for both male and female offenders.
 

Bayamon Regional Prison Opens Medical Center


(02/24/2016)
The recently completed Centro Medico Correctional (CMC) facility in Bayamon received the Distinction Team Award at the 2015 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo for its design and the contribution project architects made to the correctional health care design industry. New York-based Urbahn Architects worked as the lead design architect with Puerto Rico’s DS+C Architects + Engineers to complete the project.
 

The Maintenance Management Triangle

By Joe Lee
(02/24/2016)
There is a basic premise in photography called the Exposure Triangle. It is the combination of shutter speed, lens aperture and camera sensitivity that combine to make a good photo. Change any one of the three, and the other two must also change in proportion to ensure a quality image. Failing to make the correct adjustments leads to a poor image.
 

Napa County Officials Seek Support for New Jail Construction


(02/24/2016)
Approximately 18 months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now urging local residents to support a bond measure that would help fund the construction of a new facility. Speaking with a local CBS affiliate in May 2015, Napa County Corrections Administrative Manager Brett Prebula explained that, while the jail appeared stable from the outside, the building actually sustained significant internal damage during the 6.0 magnitude quake and would need to be entirely rebuilt.
 

Wyoming Prison Faces Structural Issues


(02/24/2016)
On Feb. 9, Wyoming’s corrections chief told state lawmakers that fixing structural problems at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins would cost $85 million, about as much as it cost to build the entire prison 15 years ago. Correctional officials have also estimated it would cost $160 million to build a new prison from scratch, reported the Associated Press.
 

DeKalb County to Begin Jail Expansion


(02/09/2016)
Plans are underway for the $35 million DeKalb County Jail expansion project in Sycamore after Sycamore City Council members reviewed a tentative timeline, with construction expected to begin in the spring and be completed by summer 2018.
 

Q&A: Virginia DOC Director Shares Insight on Working with Service Contractors

By Lindsey Coulter
(02/09/2016)
Service contractors can play a critical role in correctional facility operations, often filling treatment and service gaps. While some facilities prefer to keep all operation in-house, many others rely on these outside firms.
 

Maryland Governor Hopes to Replace Vacant Detention Center


(02/02/2016)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan that would level most of the vacant Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) complex, paving the way for the construction of a new and improved Baltimore Justice Center on the site. There, the governor hopes to erect a six-story facility to house both male and female inmates that will also include space for education and rehabilitative services.
 

Springhill Institution Finally Accepts Inmates


(02/02/2016)
Two, 96-bed units built as part of a $40 million expansion to Springhill Institution finally began accepting inmates after remaining empty for a year because the cell doors wouldn’t lock. The medium-security institution began accepting inmates into one unit on Sept. 29 and into the other at the beginning of December. London, Ontario-based EllisDon Corp. served as the general contractor on the project.
 

Oil Field Community Addresses Growing Crime with New Jail

By Lindsey Coulter
(01/27/2016)
North Dakota’s Bakken oil field region is an expansive boomtown. The region’s meteoric population growth began in the mid 2000s as oil companies flocked to the area, bringing with them throngs of new workers. While this type of growth is often beneficial for a small community, McKenzie County law enforcement and correctional officials in particular quickly became overwhelmed by the extreme uptick in crime that followed.