Bard Prison Initiative Helps Inmates Beat Harvard Debate Team

Three inmates at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch won a debate against three undergraduates from Harvard College in mid-September.

New Orleans Debates Over Phase III Jail Addition

Less than two weeks after opening a new $150 million jail in New Orleans last month, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman asked U.S. District Judge Lance Africk to okay construction on another facility that would bring even more inmate beds to the city.

Tulsa County Votes on Potential Juvenile Center Site

On Oct. 5, the Tulsa County Commissioners unanimously voted to withdraw a purchase offer for the proposed site of a new juvenile justice center.

Audit Finds NDPS Built Oversized, Overpriced Jails

A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit reported released in late September that the Navajo Nation in Window Rock spent $30 million more than necessary to build two oversized jails.

Orange County, N.C. Plans Sustainable Jail

Orange County recently selected Moseley Architects of Charlotte, N.C., to design the new Orange County Detention Facility. The new jail aims to improve both energy efficiency and mental health care for inmates.

Demolition Work Starts on New Fairfield County Jail

Demolition began on the King’s Furniture building in Lancaster earlier this month in preparation for the new Fairfield County Jail to be built by Lansing, Mich.-based Granger Construction Company.

Lafayette Parish Adopts New Tracking Technology

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Lafayette recently began using a smartphone-based app to better track inmates sentenced to participate in a GPS tracking program.

Taylor County Debuts New Law Enforcement Center

The new Taylor County Law Enforcement Center in Bedford made its debut earlier this month with an open house tour of the new facility on Sept. 12.

New Development in Wayne County Jail Project Saga

Circuit Judge Vonda Evans dismissed criminal charges that had been brought against a Wayne County, Mich. attorney in relation to the abandoned Wayne County Jail construction project in downtown Detroit.

Utah to Build New State Prison

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution in August to move the Utah State Prison from Draper to a site west of Salt Lake City International Airport.