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.

California to Add 7,000 Correctional Officers Over Three Years


(12/10/2013)
Amid struggles to reduce an ever-growing prison population, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is now grappling with a correctional officer shortfall.

Louisiana Improves Inmate Health Care With Telemedicine


(12/04/2013)
Following the abrupt closure of the Earl K. Long Medical Center in April, Louisiana prison officials quickly began the search for an additional prison health care provider. Rather than continue to send inmates to outside institutions, officials have turned to telemedicine to fill the gap.

Q&A: Design Roundtable

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/04/2013)
Correctional News interviewed leading architects about the current trends and future challenges of the correctional building industry. Gerald Guerrero, AIA, senior vice president for CGL; Mike Retford, vice president, west regional leader of justice for HOK; and Darrell Stelling, AIA, principal for DLR Group each shared valuable industry knowledge from the design perspective.