L.A. County Considers Expansive Jail Plans


(05/07/2014)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on May 6 to replace the county’s primary correctional facility with a new two-tower structure. The future 4,860-bed Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) will replace the larger, though rapidly deteriorating, Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), which has long been a target for human rights groups and inmate advocates.

Q&A: First SB 81 Facility Built Weighs in a Year Later

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/07/2014)
The Stanislaus County Juvenile Commitment Facility opened almost a year ago in early June as the first juvenile facility built since the passage of SB 81, also known as the Juvenile Justice Realignment bill. The $16.2 million, 47,207-square-foot facility houses a 30-bed and 15-bed unit for boys and a 15-bed housing unit for girls. It features classrooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, visitation area, full-service kitchen, culinary instructional classroom, program rooms and a secure recreation yard.

Shasta County’s New Juvenile Facility Promotes Rehabilitation

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/30/2014)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Shasta County Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility was held last November. The 44,627-square-foot facility was designed as a replacement facility for the county, which lacked the space needed to rehabilitate incarcerated youth.

NOLA Leaders Advance Prison Reforms


(04/30/2014)
On April 17 the City of New Orleans and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office signed a partial settlement concerning sweeping improvements to the Orleans Parish Prison (OPP). These changes, required under terms of a federal consent decree, address improvements to both living conditions and management of the facility. Costs for the court-ordered upgrades have been estimated at up to $22 million.

Using your Existing Camera System to Inform Building Upgrades

By Meredith Berman
(04/17/2014)
With the many renovations occurring around the country, owners with an existing camera-monitoring system will be happy to know they have a head start on planning their new spaces. Employing their cameras to work as behavioral agents, owners can create person-flow studies that will quantitatively and qualitatively inform their renovation needs. Most importantly, the results of these preliminary studies make it easier to communicate these needs to an owner’s selected design team.

Kalamazoo Jail Anticipates June Opening


(04/16/2014)
The second of two major expansions to the Kalamazoo County Jail is now on track for a June 2014 opening. The first 75,000-square-foot addition to the main jail structure opened in spring 2013, adding more than 90 cells to the chronically crowded facility. Upon completion of this final phase, the jail additions will comprise 58 two-person cells, 20 four-person cells and 15 cells dedicated for medical use.

Missoula County Jail Opens Rec Area for Female, Juvenile Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/16/2014)
Female and juvenile inmates at the Missoula County Detention Facility finally got what they wanted earlier this month. The county completed two outdoor recreation areas for juveniles and women incarcerated at the jail, giving them access to fresh air, sunlight and outdoor exercise — all of which had been previously unavailable to them.

Prison Reform Bill Introduced in Colorado


(04/09/2014)
A new prison reform bill has been introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives that would potentially improve reentry reintegration and initiatives for adult offenders. The bill was co-sponsored by Republic Representative Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs and Daniel Kagan, a Democrat from Denver.

Regional Texas Jail Addition Welcomes Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/09/2014)
An $8.6 million addition and renovation of the regional jail and animal adoption center in Keller was revealed to the public on Feb. 22, and inmates will move into the new facility this week. The regional facility will serve residents from Keller, Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake. The new 21,000-plus-square-foot facility nearly quadruples the amount of space for holding inmates and animals in the four cities.

Ohio Sued Over Seclusion of Mentally Ill Youth


(03/19/2014)
A lawsuit filed on March 12 by the U.S. Justice Department may block Ohio juvenile correction facilities from secluding offenders with mental illnesses. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order to limit the practice, and claims that the state has, “systematically violated substantive due process rights of boys with mental health disorders” at several juvenile correctional facilities, causing the offenders “real, irreparable harm.”