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.
 

Q&A: Virginia DOC Director Shares Insight on Working with Service Contractors

By Lindsey Coulter
(02/09/2016)
Service contractors can play a critical role in correctional facility operations, often filling treatment and service gaps. While some facilities prefer to keep all operation in-house, many others rely on these outside firms.
 

Maryland Governor Hopes to Replace Vacant Detention Center


(02/02/2016)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan that would level most of the vacant Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) complex, paving the way for the construction of a new and improved Baltimore Justice Center on the site. There, the governor hopes to erect a six-story facility to house both male and female inmates that will also include space for education and rehabilitative services.
 

Springhill Institution Finally Accepts Inmates


(02/02/2016)
Two, 96-bed units built as part of a $40 million expansion to Springhill Institution finally began accepting inmates after remaining empty for a year because the cell doors wouldn’t lock. The medium-security institution began accepting inmates into one unit on Sept. 29 and into the other at the beginning of December. London, Ontario-based EllisDon Corp. served as the general contractor on the project.
 

Oil Field Community Addresses Growing Crime with New Jail

By Lindsey Coulter
(01/27/2016)
North Dakota’s Bakken oil field region is an expansive boomtown. The region’s meteoric population growth began in the mid 2000s as oil companies flocked to the area, bringing with them throngs of new workers. While this type of growth is often beneficial for a small community, McKenzie County law enforcement and correctional officials in particular quickly became overwhelmed by the extreme uptick in crime that followed.
 

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.