South Carolina to Build New Sexual Predator Housing Facility


(09/28/2016)
South Carolina’s Sexually Violent Predator Treatment Program (SVPTP) is on track to receive a new facility following approval from the state’s Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) on Sept. 20.
 

Nebraska Corrections Department Submits Budget Proposal


(09/28/2016)
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services unveiled a budget proposal on Thursday that would add about 164, new full-time positions and build a $75 million prison for elderly and mentally ill inmates.
 

VADOC Honored for DINGO Reporting Application


(09/20/2016)
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) recently received a statewide technology award for its development of an enterprise software application that generates robust reporting to help improve the agency’s K-9 operations.
 

California County Returns $20 Million Jail Expansion Grant


(09/20/2016)
In lieu of expanding the Hill Road Correctional Facility in Lakeport, the Lake County Board of Supervisors voted on Sept. 13 to return a $20 million jail improvement grant received in January 2014.
 

Santa Cruz County Breaks Ground on Rehabilitation Facility


(09/14/2016)
Construction broke ground earlier this month in Watsonville on the Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility, which will bring education, vocational training and rehabilitation services for Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office all under one roof.
 

Overcrowded Tennessee Jail Loses State Certification


(09/14/2016)
Persistent overcrowding has not only strained services at the Claiborne County Jail in New Tazewell, it has now cost the facility its state certification.
 

Report Shows Lack of Accommodation for Disabled Inmate Voters


(09/12/2016)
A report released in early August by Seattle-based advocacy group Disability Rights Washington claims the state’s county jails are not doing enough to support the inmate voting process, particularly when it comes to accommodating inmates with disabilities.
 

DOE Reports that Incarceration Spending Outweighs Education Spending


(09/12/2016)
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released a report, titled Trends in State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education, in July that said state and local spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education for preschool grade PK-12 education in the last three decades.
 

Virginia DOC Earns STAR Award for Prison College Credit Program


(08/23/2016)
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) received the State Transformation in Action (STAR) Award for its educational program that allows detainees in Virginia’s prisons to be eligible for college credit after taking any of the five career and technical education (CTE) courses recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT).
 

Saginaw Sheriff Proposes Moving Jail to Shuttered Auto Factory


(08/23/2016)
Two months after Saginaw County commissioners heard a proposal to replace the county’s aging jail with a new facility on county-owned property, Sheriff William Federspiel is advocating for moving the jail to a now-shuttered automotive plant.