Michigan to Decide Fate of Aramark Food Contract


(07/30/2014)
The Michigan Department of Corrections is just days away from announcing its decision concerning a food service contract with Aramark Correctional Services, according to recent statements made by Governor Rick Snyder. Aramark employees have been accused of smuggling contraband into Michigan correctional facilities, engaging in inappropriate relationships with inmates and failing to provide the quality or quantity of food as outlined in the company’s contract.

Hawaii’s Kulani Correctional Facility Reopens


(07/29/2014)
Despite local pushback, the newly reopened Kulani Correctional Facility in Hilo readmitted its first round of inmates on July 21. The 21 inmates constitute the first phase of reopening for the facility, which over the next five months will reach a population of 200 low-risk inmates.

Iowa Students Create Haven for Correctional Staff


(07/23/2014)
Thanks to a group of Iowa State University landscape architecture students, and Assistant Professor of landscape architecture, Julie Stevens, Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) staff members no longer have to take their work stress home.

Arkansas Prison Officials Seek Funding for New Prison


(07/23/2014)
The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) recently experienced the highest one-year increase in inmate population, 17.7 percent, in the department’s history after introducing new parole enforcement guidelines meant to cut back on repeat violators, reported KUAR News. As such, ADC officials are considering new strategies for reentry programs and housing due to the inmate population increase.

San Francisco Cuts Prison Call Costs


(07/09/2014)
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has amended its contract with the city’s jail telephone provider, Global Tel*Link, substantially lowering inmate call costs. The service provider accepted the new agreement in late June, and is now in the final year of its contract with the city, which ends May 31, 2015.

Fulton State Mental Hospital to Undergo Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/09/2014)
St. Louis-based Parsons Brinckerhoff was recently awarded a contract to design a replacement facility for the Fulton State Mental Hospital, the first public mental institution west of the Mississippi River. Today, it houses the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric facility, the Biggs Forensic Center.

Hidalgo County Approves Preliminary Courthouse Design

By Lindsey Coulter
(06/26/2014)
Hidalgo County Commissioners have approved schematic designs for a new multimillion-dollar courthouse that could be completed as early as 2020. Though the approval did not give the project an official green light, or provide funding, it will allow the design process to move forward.

McKinstry Develops Plan for Grant County Courthouse

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/26/2014)
The Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata is in need of an upgrade. It is currently operating with cracks in the building and an inefficient heating and cooling system.

San Diego Completes First Phase of SDCWDF

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/25/2014)
The $162 million Phase 1 portion of the new San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility (SDCWDF) in Santee will be completed on June 30, with the completion of the $60 million Phase 2 scheduled for Jan. 7, 2016.

Escapes Highlight Hawaii’s Correctional Challenges


(06/25/2014)
After two inmates escaped from Hawaii’s Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) in the span of a week, attention has been refocused on the state’s increasingly crowded correctional population.