Precast Complete on New Reno County Facility


(11/19/2014)
On August 25, Oldcastle Modular set the last precast concrete cell module for the new $29 million Reno County Correctional Facility expansion, completing the precast portion of the facility and marking a significant milestone for the project.

Utah Corrections Report Predicts $542 Million Savings


(11/19/2014)
The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) released the Justice Reinvestment Report on Nov. 12. The report features a comprehensive set of data-driven recommendations for the upcoming legislative session in order to help reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable and save taxpayers an estimated $542 million by averting most of Utah’s projected prison growth over the next 20 years.

Iowa Prison Population Predicted to Grow by 39 Percent

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/12/2014)
The Iowa State Department of Corrections may have a busy decade ahead of them. A new report produced by the state Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) stated that its prison population could increase by 39 percent over the next 10 years from 8,119 inmates to an estimated 11,317 inmates. That increase would exceed the current capacities at several existing state prisons.

Prop 47 Passes in California, Reclassifies Offenses


(11/12/2014)
A California state proposition that reclassified six felony offenses as misdemeanors passed on Nov. 4 with a 58 percent vote, and now has public defender and defense attorney lines ringing off the hook.

Unique Security Impresses with Experience, Expertise

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/29/2014)
Detention Equipment Contractors (DECs) are facing opportunities and challenges in the market. New construction is slow, competition is fierce and many jobs need seasoned DECs. When Unique Security Inc. in Montgomery, Ala., launched in 2009, the company positioned itself into a niche, focusing mainly on preventive maintenance and corrective services, as well as upgrades and integrated system control replacements for county facilities.

Second Phase of Prison Hospital Expansion Opens


(10/29/2014)
On Oct. 21, officials from the Walsh Regional Medical Unit treated local media to a look at the second phase of a three-phase, $32 million project to improve and expand the prison hospital, located on the Mohawk Correctional Facility campus in Rome

Franklin County Upgrades Justice Center


(10/29/2014)
The Franklin County Justice Center in Pasco recently completed a 56,000-square-foot addition and major renovations to its existing space. Inmates were moved into the new wing in April, while the project team worked on the renovations, which were completed earlier this fall.

Detroit Commissioners Vote Against Jail Relocation


(10/21/2014)
Wayne County Commissioners have scrapped plans to relocate the county’s jail to the vacant Mound Road Correctional Facility by a vote of 12-3. The Oct. 16 decision will narrow the board’s focus to either completing the half-finished downtown jail or renovating other existing correctional facilities.

Government Audits U.S. Treasury for BOP Bank Contracts

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/21/2014)
Government auditors began investigating the exclusive contracts held by Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to provide financial services in the 121 facilities managed by the Bureau of Prisons.

California Prisons to End Forced Sterilization


(10/01/2014)
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill prohibiting forced or coerced sterilization in all state prisons. The bill, SB 1135, was a response to a 2013 Center for Investigative Reporting report that stated unlawful and coercive sterilization procedures had been performed on female inmates in two state prisons as recently as 2010.