Utah Lawmakers Select New State Prison Site


(08/26/2015)
Utah lawmakers on Aug. 19 officially selected a new location for the Utah State Prison. The state’s House and Senate confirmed that the new facility will be built on a site near Interstate 80 just west of the Salt Lake City International Airport by 62-12 and 21-7 votes respectively. Gov. Gary Herbert has also signed off on the plan, which will unfold over the next several years as the state proceeds with purchasing the site and completing the design process.

Hall County to Debut New Correctional Facility


(08/26/2015)
A new home for the Hall County Correctional Institute is scheduled to debut in November. Plans for a new facility have been in the works for about five years now, and construction finally started in March 2014.

Iowa’s Johnson County Jail Completes Security Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/19/2015)
Renovations to many of the Johnson County Jail’s security systems and controls began in April and were completed earlier this month. The jail, located in Iowa City, now has new door locks, cameras and an upgraded control room.

New Cork Prison in Ireland Improves on Predecessor


(08/19/2015)
A new jail nearing completion in Cork will be a distinct departure from the one it is replacing. Designed to accommodate family visitation and provide a healthier, more comfortable environment for inmates and staff, the new Cork Prison will offer improved sanitation, more modern facilities and opportunities for inmates to improve their both physical and mental well being.

Prison Ecology Project Addresses Environmental Issues in Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/06/2015)
The Prison Ecology Project was formed earlier this year in order to address the problems that arise when prisons negatively impact the environment. Not only can inmates face possible health and safety risks, but the land and surrounding communities can be impacted as well.

Precast Cells Installed at Flagler County Facility

By Lindsey Coulter
(08/06/2015)
Construction on Flagler County’s new inmate housing facility, located in Bunnell, reached a significant milestone earlier this month as crews began the installation of 86 new prefabricated cells. The installation marks the jail expansion’s halfway point and the end of the first of two phases of construction.

Iowa State Penitentiary Receives First Inmates


(08/04/2015)
More than 500 Iowa inmates were relocated to the state’s $132 million penitentiary in Fort Madison on Aug. 1. The maximum-security facility was completed more than two years ago, however ongoing operational and maintenance issues had delayed the inmate transfer.

Baltimore Jail Faces Immediate Shutdown

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/04/2015)
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said last week that he will immediately be closing the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) — a jail that has notoriously been known for its association with violent gangs — and the shutdown should only take a couple weeks.

Inmates Expected to Receive Pell Grants Again


(07/29/2015)
On July 31, the Obama administration is expected to announce the restoration of federal Pell grant eligibility to prison inmates. While the move will expand educational opportunities to incarcerated individuals for an expected trial period of three to five years, it could also help decrease recidivism and alleviate prison crowding across the country.

Jerome County Constructs New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/29/2015)
Construction on a new jail in Jerome County began in March. As reinforced concrete walls start to rise, the project remains on track for a February 2016 completion date.