Napa Co. Jail Faces Long Road to Recovery


(05/19/2015)
Nearly nine months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now estimating the impacted local jail will not reopen until mid 2016.

Baltimore to Build New Youth Jail


(05/19/2015)
The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved plans last week to build a $30 million, 60-bed jail for Baltimore teenagers charged as adults after years of concern about the treatment of the young defendants who are mixed in with adults.

Ontario Expands Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre


(05/12/2015)
The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced on May 5 that work to expand the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in New London is now underway. Work will include the addition of a new 112-bed, 25,000-square-foot regional intermittent care facility for males that will address capacity issues, reduce contraband and improve safety for both correctional staff and inmates, according to a statement by the ministry.

Crawford County Jail Designed to Meet Growing Population

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/12/2015)
Construction broke ground earlier this month on the new Crawford County jail in Van Buren. The nearly $20 million facility will be approximately 64,000 square feet and will include a 307-bed jail, the sheriff’s office, 911 dispatching center and arraignment court with the ability to add a full justice center in the future. The new jail will be built on a site at the edge of Van Buren off of U.S. Route 64.

Kern County Justice Facility Closer to Construction

By Lindsey Coulter
(05/06/2015)
Work on the new $100.5 million Kern County Justice Facility in Bakersfield is on track to begin in August 2015. This first phase of construction is scheduled to wrap up by June 2017, and is being built with the aid of the state’s AB 900 funding allocation.

Construction Breaks Ground on Tulsa Jail Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/06/2015)
Construction on the 43,000-square-foot expansion of the Tulsa County Jail, formally known as the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, begins this month, following a groundbreaking ceremony for the project that occurred on April 20. The new addition will include a mental health unit containing two pods along the north side of the site and a general population unit containing two pods extending to the northwest. Dewberry, with offices in Tulsa, designed the expansion.

Mississippi Prison Seeks to End Consent Decree


(04/29/2015)
After U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves extended the term of a consent decree involving the seven-unit, 1,260-bed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Walnut Grove, Miss. earlier this month, a lawyer for the state’s corrections department invited the judge to visit the private prison for a firsthand look at operational improvements.

Broome County Jail Kicks Off $6.8 Million Upgrade


(04/29/2015)
Construction on a $6.8 million project at the Broome County jail facility in Binghamton kicked off earlier this month. The project will add a new medical pod and increase housing space at the currently 536-bed, direct supervision facility.

Gallagher: A Global Leader in Perimeter Security

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/16/2015)
Back in the ’30s, an inventor named Bill Gallagher devised a way to keep his horse from using a car as a scratching post by installing an electrical circuit that delivered a shock whenever the horse touched the vehicle. The invention sparked an idea to create an electrical fencing system.

Dutchess County Jail Anticipates New Temporary Housing


(04/15/2015)
Two new temporary housing units approved for use at the chronically overcrowded Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie are now set to open in May. The units will improve care and services for county inmates, streamline the judicial system and result in a considerable cost savings, addressing a correctional housing problem the county has grappled with for more than 20 years.