Indiana Governor Proposes Expansion for Existing Prisons


(01/28/2015)
Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently released a $51 million proposal to expand two existing prisons in the state, which was met with some serious criticism by government leaders in the Legislature.

Plans Underway for Whatcom County Jail


(01/21/2015)
The existing Whatcom County jail in Washington requires additional capacity and improved infrastructure in order to safely incarcerate inmates. As such, the county is actively planning the construction of a new 520-bed jail along with an adjacent sheriff’s headquarters in Ferndale.

National Correctional Population Declines for Second Year


(01/21/2015)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released a report in December 2014 showing the national correctional population dropped by 41,500 persons in 2013. This decrease brought the 2013 yearend nationwide inmate total to 6.89 million and marked a 0.6 percent decrease over 2012 figures — making 2013 the second consecutive year of correctional population decline.

Kings County Courthouse Scheduled for Late 2015 Completion

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/09/2015)
Construction on the new 144,000-square-foot Kings County Courthouse in Hanford is well underway, with a current expected completion date of late 2015. The design of the $86 million facility will address security and overcrowding issues that the county has faced for years. It is also designed to achieve LEED Silver, making it an energy-efficient investment for the state and county.

Glynn County Jail’s Design Addresses Sustainability

By Jim Ingram and Malinda Taylor
(01/09/2015)
The new Glynn County Sheriff’s Office and Jail is located just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the port city of Brunswick. The complex’s September 2014 opening marked the culmination of several years of collaboration among county officials, sheriff’s staff, the architect and the general contractor.

Funding Disputes Keep Washington State Jail Empty


(12/30/2014)
The $45 million Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) in Tumwater has now sat empty for more than four years. Although upkeep on the facility costs the county roughly $430,000 annually, Thurston County commissioners and Sheriff John Snaza continue to disagree on how to properly fund the facility’s opening, forcing the county to rely on its increasingly inadequate 1970s-era jail facility.

Nebraska Prisons Report Calls for Multiple Reforms


(12/17/2014)
Nebraska’s seven-member Department of Correctional Services Special Investigation Committee released a 62-page report on Dec. 15 calling for sweeping reforms and the firing of several correctional officials.

Putnam County Jail Construction to Begin in 2015

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/17/2014)
Construction on the Putnam County Jail in Palatka is finally scheduled to begin in early January 2015, about five years after RQAW was hired to conduct a physical assessment of the jail to see what kind of upgrades needed to be made.

Gaines County Jail Under Construction

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/09/2014)
The first phase of construction, which included the foundation and walls, of the new jail in Seminole is underway. Construction broke ground in August and is expected to be complete in July 2015.
 

Feds Take Strong Stance on Juvenile Education


(12/09/2014)
Officials from the United States Department of Education recently reasserted their stance on providing high quality education to learning disabled students in correctional and secure settings.