Lawsuits Over Poor Decatur City Jail Conditions Dismissed


(03/22/2016)
A federal judge last week dismissed a series of lawsuits filed by inmates claiming that poor conditions at the Decatur City Jail in Decatur are violating their constitutional rights. The jail, which was first scheduled for closure more than 17 months ago, provides inmates with poor medical care and food services and increasingly inadequate living conditions, according to the 15 different lawsuits filed in the U.S. Northern District.
 

Stalled Otero County Prison Solar Farm Likely to Proceed


(03/16/2016)
A partially finished solar farm located adjacent to the Otero County Prison in Chaparral will soon be completed and begin providing power to the correctional facility.
 

5 Projects to Watch in 2016

By Torrey Sims and Jessie Fetterling
(03/16/2016)
This year, there are several major justice facility construction projects underway. Correctional News has selected five projects to follow and will provide readers with status updates throughout the year as these projects celebrate groundbreakings, topping-off ceremonies and final completion. Read on to learn more about the projects and what to expect from them in 2016.
 

Plans Move Forward for New Federal Prison in Kentucky


(03/08/2016)
U.S. Rep. Hall Rogers’ office released a statement in late February that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) plans to use $444 million in federal money to construct a new federal prison on a 700-acre site in Roxana, although opponents could still block the project and the BOP has yet to release a final decision about the project.
 

Alabama Initiative to Support Construction of Four New Prisons


(03/08/2016)
In late February, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the introduction of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act. The new legislation will provide for the construction of four modern and more efficient prison facilities for both male and female offenders.
 

Bayamon Regional Prison Opens Medical Center


(02/24/2016)
The recently completed Centro Medico Correctional (CMC) facility in Bayamon received the Distinction Team Award at the 2015 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo for its design and the contribution project architects made to the correctional health care design industry. New York-based Urbahn Architects worked as the lead design architect with Puerto Rico’s DS+C Architects + Engineers to complete the project.
 

The Maintenance Management Triangle

By Joe Lee
(02/24/2016)
There is a basic premise in photography called the Exposure Triangle. It is the combination of shutter speed, lens aperture and camera sensitivity that combine to make a good photo. Change any one of the three, and the other two must also change in proportion to ensure a quality image. Failing to make the correct adjustments leads to a poor image.
 

Napa County Officials Seek Support for New Jail Construction


(02/24/2016)
Approximately 18 months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now urging local residents to support a bond measure that would help fund the construction of a new facility. Speaking with a local CBS affiliate in May 2015, Napa County Corrections Administrative Manager Brett Prebula explained that, while the jail appeared stable from the outside, the building actually sustained significant internal damage during the 6.0 magnitude quake and would need to be entirely rebuilt.
 

Wyoming Prison Faces Structural Issues


(02/24/2016)
On Feb. 9, Wyoming’s corrections chief told state lawmakers that fixing structural problems at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins would cost $85 million, about as much as it cost to build the entire prison 15 years ago. Correctional officials have also estimated it would cost $160 million to build a new prison from scratch, reported the Associated Press.
 

DeKalb County to Begin Jail Expansion


(02/09/2016)
Plans are underway for the $35 million DeKalb County Jail expansion project in Sycamore after Sycamore City Council members reviewed a tentative timeline, with construction expected to begin in the spring and be completed by summer 2018.