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.”
 

SF Board of Supervisors Votes Against New Jail


(12/23/2015)
The state of California awarded $80 million to San Francisco out of the $500 million in revenue bonds the state issued through Senate Bill 863 to help expand jails after a federal court order to reduce prison populations. While some San Francisco officials, such as Mayor Ed Lee, were hoping to use the money to build a new $240 million jail, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against it, calling for better investments in mental health services and rehabilitative programs instead.
 

Tension Membrane Technology Used at Canadian Detention Center


(12/15/2015)
Construction on the new Regional Intermittent Centre located on the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre campus in London is now nearing completion. The 112-bed project will span 25,000 square feet and help to address capacity issues, reduce contraband concerns and improve overall safety for both inmates and correctional staff.
 

Athens-Clarke County Jail Debuts in Georgia


(12/15/2015)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 13 for the new Athens-Clarke County Jail in Athens. Atlanta-based Rosser International Inc. served as the architect on the new jail, while Augusta, Ga.-based McKnight Construction served as the primary contractor.
 

Harford County Sheriff Seeks to Staff Jail Addition


(12/02/2015)
The Harford County Jail in Bel Air underwent a $32 million expansion four years ago, but one specific problem is keeping the jail from operating at its full capacity: Staffing. The Baltimore Sun reported on Nov. 27 that Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler has requested hiring an addition 36 new correctional officers to help put the currently unused expansion on line.
 

Skagit County Breaks Ground on New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/24/2015)
In need of new facilities for more than a decade, Skagit County finally broke ground on a new jail in mid-November. The county outgrew the existing facility, which opened in 1984 with a capacity of 83 inmates and state funding for 73. The current population is about 2.5 times that, with a daily average of 188 inmates, according to the county website. It is a popular remote design, with housing pods clustered around one or more control rooms, where staff can operate the facility doors and observe inmat
 

Dorchester County Jail to Open Four Months Ahead of Schedule

By Lindsey Coulter
(11/24/2015)
Time and money are two of the biggest obstacles to building new county jail facilities. However, the new 80,500-square-foot Dorchester County Detention Center in South Carolina, is on track for completion an impressive four months ahead of schedule, and rings in at a modest $19.1 million including site work.
 

FuelCell to Help Power Santa Rita Jail


(11/04/2015)
A 1.4-megawatt fuel cell plant will soon provide the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin with both heat and power. The facility recently signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with FuelCell Energy — a Danbury, Conn.-based designer, manufacturer, operator and servicer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants — which includes commissioning the new fuel cell plant in late 2016.
 

Lean Construction Speeds Up Effingham County Jail Construction


(11/04/2015)
Savannah, Ga.-based Rives E. Worrell Co., a JE Dunn Construction Company, completed the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in Springfield in June 2014. The design-build project included a new, 204-bed county jail with kitchen and laundry resources as well as booking and administrative facilities for Effingham County.
 

Ohio Leads the Way in Youthful Offender Programming

By Lindsey Coulter
(10/28/2015)
In the early 1990s, the state of Ohio was balancing a youth offender population of 2,500 and was poised for a near crisis in youth offender management. However, a report by Juvenile Justice Coalition released on Oct. 26 highlighting Ohio deincarceration programs showed the state is now leading the way in rehabilitating this unique population, at a significant cost savings to taxpayers.