Toledo Courthouse Earns Design Award


(06/26/2014)
The design for the proposed U.S. Courthouse in Toledo was recognized by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) in May with a 2014 GSA Design Award.

Brown Extends Inmate Transfer Bill


(06/26/2014)
California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1512 into law on June 23, extending inter-county inmate transfers aimed at reducing overcrowding and early release.

Indiana Correctional Facility Goes Kosher


(06/25/2014)
The Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) is now providing Kosher meals to inmates who require the specially prepared, religiously appropriate fare.

Arkansas County Jails Encourage New Construction


(06/25/2014)
Construction is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks on the new $8 million jail in Newport, Ark., located in Jackson County.

Pennsylvania Prisons May Halt Hiring


(06/11/2014)
In an effort to save money, Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has instituted a department-wide freeze on new hiring, which union representatives are calling a threat to correctional staff safety.

States Consider Lethal Injection Alternatives


(06/11/2014)
As the result of the botched lethal injection execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett in April 2014, as well as a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs, some of the 32 states that practice capital punishment now are examining alternative methods.

Afghanistan Prison Already Faces Structural Damages


(06/11/2014)
John F. Sopka, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released a report on June 3 that highlighted major safety maintenance problems at a prison in the country’s Baghlan province.

Former Lorton Prison to House New Residential Development


(06/10/2014)
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a $188 million overhaul of the former Lorton prison site, which closed in 2001, on June 3.

Elko County Names Jail Construction Manager


(06/10/2014)
Following an April vote to allocate $3.6 million to construction of a new jail wing, Elko County commissioners have selected Ormaza Construction to complete a much-needed building expansion.

Viking Products Announces Purchase of Slate Security


(06/05/2014)
California-based Viking Products recently announced its purchase of Slate Security Systems and Steel Door Industries of Hartselle, Ala.