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.

Los Angeles County May Cancel Taft Contract, Expand Mira Loma


(11/27/2013)
Los Angeles County has reached a tentative agreement to move more than 500 inmates to the Taft Community Correctional Facility near Bakersfield, Calif. Though three Los Angeles County supervisors initially approved the transfer of inmates to the Taft facility, Supervisor Gloria Molina has recently withdrawn her support.

Sundt Begins Second Phase of Pima County Court Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/27/2013)
Sundt Construction Inc. transitioned into the second phase of construction on the Pima County Downtown Court Complex in Tucson in August. The county offered Sundt another contract after the company was contracted for the core and shell phase of the 290,000-square-foot facility, which was wrapped up in October.

Corrections Summit: West, A Success in Sacramento


(11/20/2013)
Correctional News hosted the first Corrections Summit: West on Nov. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The event was designed to take attendees through the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operational process of a correctional facility through a series of presentations.

Georgia Detention Facility Awarded LEED Certification


(11/20/2013)
The new Douglas County Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center has recently earned LEED certification. Gary Retel at HOK Architects of Atlanta presented the honor to Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller earlier this fall.

New Federal Courthouse Designed for the Public

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/20/2013)
Construction on the New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles officially began after more than a decade of planning. The U.S. General Services Administration awarded Bethesda, Md.-headquartered Clark Construction Group the design-build contract for the project in December 2012, and about 10 months ago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) beat out three other shortlisted architecture teams in a national design competition process to win the $318 million project.

Report Seeks to Reduce High D.C. Jail Suicide Rates


(11/13/2013)
In response to a high number of suicide attempts, an independent review was recently released outlining how D.C. jails can improve both facilities and policies to help prevent inmate suicide. Conducted by Lindsay M. Hayes, director of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives, the report contained numerous recommendations for improving safety and oversight throughout the facility.

Tri-County Jail Under Construction in Virginia

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/13/2013)
Construction on the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail in Front Royal is well underway with a scheduled opening of July 2014. It will serve Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren counties and will have the capacity for 375 inmates.