Construction on the much-needed expansion to the Ward County Jail in Minot is currently on track after breaking ground in April. The current 104-bed facility, built in 1981, continues to face overcrowding issues, holding up to at least 130 inmates at times.
Law enforcement, justice and correctional facilities in Clay County, Minn., will soon be consolidated as the county prepares to construct a new jail and law enforcement center in Moorhead. The project will help centralize services, placing the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Moorhead Police Department, the county courthouse and a new jail all within a roughly six-block radius.
The new $38 million Delaware County Judicial Building currently under construction in Delaware will combine a majority of county governmental services under one roof, providing better transactional relationships for court and administrative tasks. The project broke ground last fall and is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.
On June 24, the Department of Education (DOE) announced 67 colleges and universities that will participate in the Second Chance Pell pilot program. Initially announced last summer, the program will allow eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education in hopes of helping them get jobs upon release from jail.
In a unanimous July 7 vote, Wayne County, Mich., commissioners approved a contract with Miami-based CGL to oversee the county’s stalled and unfinished downtown Detroit jail project. CGL will serve as the county’s representative with a contract valued at approximately $4 million.
A construction manager (CM) can be a vital part of a successful project team. Their careful coordination and supervision of correctional and justice projects — both large and small — can help ensure a new or improved facility will meet its owners needs for years to come. Correctional News spoke with representatives of three leading construction management firms to better understand the value in working with a CM and how the professional landscape is changing.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s 2016-17 budget approved by state lawmakers on June 27. The about $170 billion budget includes an additional $270 million for jail construction, despite the fact that Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees rejected this funding in May.
Peter Sangiorgio has been a justice architect since 1995 and has been responsible for the design of large-scale projects throughout the U.S. with Phoenix-based architecture firm, Arrington Watkins. The firm, created in September 1994 by respected architects, David Watkins and Lynn Arrington, hired Sangiorgio as one of its first employees.
Contractors are finishing up a few last-minute touches on the Jerome County Jail project before it debuts in Jerome in July.
Most of the construction is complete except for the backup generator, which needs to be in place before the city can issue an occupancy permit, reported Times-News. Sheriff Doug McFall originally planned to use a generator from the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, but the project team found coolant in the oil as it was being installed. Instead of having to rebuild the used generator, they ordered another one, which was shipped on June 16. McFall told Times-News that it will take a week or two to get up and running, which means inmates will be moved in some time in the coming wings.
In contrast to arguments that increased incarceration is necessary to reduce crime, a new study released June 7 by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law claims otherwise. The study examined data from all 50 states on imprisonment and crime from 2006, (as authors note bipartisan criminal justice reforms generally began around 2007) through 2014, the most recent year for which complete data is available.