California Judges Issue New Order in Prison Population Debate


(01/22/2014)
Despite extensive negotiations, California Governor Jerry Brown and attorneys representing a group of prison inmates have yet to reach an agreement on how to reduce the state’s prison population. This impasse prompted the three-judge panel appointed to mediate the months-long talks released a brief statement on the matter on Jan. 13.

Top 5 Corrections Stories of 2013

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/22/2014)
The corrections industry made several headlines in 2013. Perhaps the biggest ongoing story of the year followed the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as it dealt with prison overcrowding mandates.

Maine Lawmakers Commit to Repairing County Jail System


(01/15/2014)
Months after U.S. Department of Justice reviewer Rod Miller warned that Maine’s county jail system was “possibly about to run over a cliff,” state lawmakers have resolved to find a correctional funding fix in their current session.

New York City’s New Jail to Improve Inmate Admissions

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/15/2014)
The New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC) and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) broke ground on a new $594 million jail on Rikers Island. The 620,000-square-foot facility will feature 1,500 beds and will be designed to achieve LEED Silver accreditation.

Courthouse Debuts as Calaveras County’s Flagship Building

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/02/2014)
The new, two-story Calaveras County Courthouse opened to the public in San Andreas on Nov. 25. The new courthouse contributes to the California Judicial Council’s goal to improve the court system statewide.

New Lowell Judicial Center Will Aim for LEED Platinum


(01/02/2014)
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently approved a $1 million investment in the design and planning of the new energy-efficient Lowell Judicial Center. The existing facility, which is the fifth busiest district court in the state for criminal cases, has long been in need of repairs, and current conditions have been described as “deplorable,” according to a statement by Rep. David Mangel (D-Lowell).

Plans for Welsh Super Prison Continue


(01/02/2014)
The U.K. Ministry of Justice announced earlier this fall the location of the new 2,000-inmate super prison that continues to raise controversy in the United Kingdom

Georgia Revamps Juvenile Justice System


(01/02/2014)
In an effort save money and reduce its juvenile justice population, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a law that would shift more youth offenders to community-based programs.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Seeks Grant for Jail Upgrades


(12/18/2013)
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon presented a proposal to a committee in Sacramento earlier this month, requesting an $80 million grant to construct new housing units at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore, Calif.

Spokane Courthouse Exceeds Energy Performance Goals


(12/18/2013)
Seattle-based McKinstry, a full-service design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm, announced the one-year performance metrics for Spokane’s retrofitted Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse project.