California Corrections Budget Continues to Increase


(01/27/2016)
In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a plan, titled “The Future of California Corrections,” that detailed how the state government was going to change the state’s prison system. Not only did the plan meet a court mandate to reduce prison overcrowding, but it said it would help improve criminal sentencing and save billions of dollars.
 

Marquette County Jail Renovates After 40 Years


(01/19/2016)
Since the Marquette County Jail first opened in 1976, the facility has had few changes and repairs; however, the jail is finally undergoing a $1.6 million renovation 40 years later to help bring it up to code.
 

Argyle Security and SteelCell Announce Strategic Relationship


(01/18/2016)
Argyle Security Group (“Argyle”), a service and solutions provider of detention and security electronics, hardware, materials, furnishings and products, and SteelCell of North America Inc. (“SteelCell”), a manufacturer of prefabricated modular, steel units for use in the detention facilities and other security-inclined commercial construction, have entered into a strategic manufacturing and sales relationship extending SteelCell’s product offerings to the western United States.
 

Chisago County May Soon Issue Request for Jail Construction Bids


(01/12/2016)
After weighing the construction of a new jail facility for more than a decade, Chisago County, Minn., correctional officials may be ready to put the project to bid this March. Should the jail project remain on track, bids could be approved by April of this year, with completion in early 2018.
 

Sherburne County Moves Plans for Government Center Expansion


(01/12/2016)
The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners decided to move into the schematic design phase of a proposed expansion to the Government Center located in Elk River. St. Paul, Minn.-based BWBR Architects will spend about three months in the schematic design phase, followed by another three to four months of design development.
 

New Juvenile Justice Center Designed with a Therapeutic Approach

By Lindsey Coulter
(12/30/2015)
When it comes to planning justice facilities, a design that works well for adults generally doesn’t fit the unique needs of youth offenders, and vice versa. As such, when the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) began planning the new $20.1 million, 61,000-square-foot Acadiana Center for Youth in Bunkie, the office relied on guidelines from the Louisiana Model for Secure Care created specifically to support youth offender rehabilitation.
 

Door & Window Design Solutions Improve Security, Efficiency

By Jean-François Couturier
(12/30/2015)
Doors and windows, both in interior and exterior applications, are a major consideration toward effective correctional facility design. Doors and windows are more than just portals for entry and visibility; they are also conduits of light, vision, heat and sound. This presents both a design opportunity and a challenge. How do you use doors and windows in prisons to ensure optimal health, safety, security and efficiencies?
 

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push For Juvenile Detention Reform


(12/29/2015)
The Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, both located near Irma, have been in the headlines recently for the alleged use of excessive force by staff and administrators against the juvenile offenders. A Department of Justice investigation into the matter also turned up allegations that certain staff and administrators covered up incidents of abuse by destroying or simply not filing the necessary reports. The facilities house primarily serious youth offenders with histories of abuse.
 

Connecticut Plans Prisons for Younger Inmates


(12/29/2015)
Connecticut officials are planning a prison that would exclusively house inmates between the ages of 18 and 25. The state would dedicate one of its 18 existing prisons to male inmates in that age group.
 

Prison Phone Provider to Pursue Judicial Review Over Rate Caps


(12/23/2015)
Correctional technology solutions company Global Tel*Link (GTL) of Reston on Dec. 21 announced it will pursue judicial review of a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that seeks to regulate inmate calling services. In a decision to pursue legal action, the company maintains it is advocating for “a balanced approach toward reining in phone rates…that relies on cost data and which is supported by evidence.”