Private detention facilities in Ohio, New Mexico and Texas may soon be used to house undocumented immigrants, despite an announcement by the Washington-based U.S. Justice Department in August to phase out its use of private prisons. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is currently seeking to house approximately 5,000 additional undocumented individuals, as the movement of immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.
Construction on the new Pierce County Jail & Sheriff’s Department in Ellsworth is well underway after a groundbreaking ceremony took place in March. Scheduled for an opening next summer, the project is currently within budget and has yet to face any weather or other unnecessary delays, reported River Falls Journal.
Amidst increasingly clamorous discussions globally about the efficacy and value of the modern prison, statistics are showing more and more that countries worldwide are falling in two separate categories. One, which includes most of the developed economies of Europe and East Asia, is witnessing the waning of the traditional prison through historically low incarceration rates that are expected to decline further over the coming years.
Becker County has its sights set on a new $16 million to $18 million jail in Detroit Lakes. The decision to build a new jail comes after the county was ordered by the state to either close or replace its maximum-security jail by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
The new Gull Road Family Justice Complex in Kalamazoo consolidates all family court functions for Kalamazoo County and outside agencies into one facility. The three-story, 81,200-square-foot facility improves operational efficiencies and security, while uniting juvenile functions, domestic relations, probate, prosecuting attorneys, clerks and family support services.
Female inmates transferred from Danbury’s Federal Correctional Institute will soon return home after three years of uncertainty and delays in construction on a low-security facility for women at the site.
Construction began in late September on a new school located on the site of the existing Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility (RVYCF) in Grants Pass, which currently serves 80 youthful offenders. Work on the project is expected to last between 12 and 14 months, resulting New Bridge High School, which will emphasize education and rehabilitation.
Construction broke ground last month on an expansion to the Chesapeake Correctional Center. Located adjacent to the existing facility in Chesapeake, the 47,282-square-foot building will house 192 inmates and offer space for community programs. It was designed by Moseley Architects, with office locations throughout Virginia.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco of Framingham, Mass., to implement energy and water conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Butner. The contract, valued at $53.1 million, is designed to reduce energy intensity throughout the 776-acre prison complex, which includes a federal medical center and several other correctional facilities.