Dorchester County Jail to Open Four Months Ahead of Schedule

By Lindsey Coulter
(11/24/2015)
Time and money are two of the biggest obstacles to building new county jail facilities. However, the new 80,500-square-foot Dorchester County Detention Center in South Carolina, is on track for completion an impressive four months ahead of schedule, and rings in at a modest $19.1 million including site work.
 

FuelCell to Help Power Santa Rita Jail


(11/04/2015)
A 1.4-megawatt fuel cell plant will soon provide the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin with both heat and power. The facility recently signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with FuelCell Energy — a Danbury, Conn.-based designer, manufacturer, operator and servicer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants — which includes commissioning the new fuel cell plant in late 2016.
 

Lean Construction Speeds Up Effingham County Jail Construction


(11/04/2015)
Savannah, Ga.-based Rives E. Worrell Co., a JE Dunn Construction Company, completed the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in Springfield in June 2014. The design-build project included a new, 204-bed county jail with kitchen and laundry resources as well as booking and administrative facilities for Effingham County.
 

Ohio Leads the Way in Youthful Offender Programming

By Lindsey Coulter
(10/28/2015)
In the early 1990s, the state of Ohio was balancing a youth offender population of 2,500 and was poised for a near crisis in youth offender management. However, a report by Juvenile Justice Coalition released on Oct. 26 highlighting Ohio deincarceration programs showed the state is now leading the way in rehabilitating this unique population, at a significant cost savings to taxpayers.
 

Q&A: Studio 8 Design Finalizes Georgia Correctional Institute


(10/28/2015)
Hall County Correctional Institute is scheduled to debut later this year, about 1.5 years after construction began. The new facility will replace the about 60-year-old outdated correctional institute, which was originally built in 1963.
 

FCC Aims to Revamp Prison Phone Fee Structures


(10/21/2015)
The heads of four leading prison phone providers are speaking out against new federal rules that would cap inmate phone call rates. In a joint statement to the Washington-based Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the companies claimed the regulatory changes would have “devastating” effects on their operations.
 

Michigan DOC Transfers Inmates to Former Hiawatha Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/21/2015)
About 1,200 inmates were transferred on Oct. 19 from the old Kinross Correctional Facility to the former Hiawatha Correctional Facility in Kincheloe. The Hiawatha facility underwent $8.9 million in renovations ever since the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) decided to make the transfer in early 2015 and has since been renamed the Kinross Correctional Facility.
 

Construction Cleared for Johnson County Jail


(10/08/2015)
Johnson County, Texas finally received approval in late September to proceed with Phase I construction on its increasingly inadequate jail in Cleburne. The project will improve and modernize the 870-bed facility, built in 1989, expanding its capacity by more than 200 beds.
 

Alameda County’s New Courthouse to Open in 2017

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/08/2015)
A topping out ceremony was held on Sept. 18 for the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin. The ceremony marked 40 percent completion for the building, which broke ground in September 2014 and is on pace to open in early 2017.
 

Maine Jails Face Funding Shortages, Overcrowding


(10/07/2015)
A law that was intended to address funding and overcrowding issues in Maine county jails continues to plague the state. The law initially received broad support as it was intended to place county jails back under local control, eliminating the Maine Board of Corrections.