Graham County Breaks Ground on New Jail

Officials celebrated the groundbreaking of a new adult detention facility for Graham County on June 22, although construction didn’t officially start until July 6.

Jefferson Davis Parish to Triple Jail Capacity with New Facility

Jefferson Davis Parish, La., correctional officials will host an official groundbreaking ceremony for the parish’s soon-to-be-constructed jail on June 30.

Crawford County Jail Nears Completion

Construction on the Crawford County jail in Van Buren is on track to open this fall and is currently more than $1 million under budget.

West Virginia Governor Signs Budget to Fund Inmate Education

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed a 2016-17 fiscal year state budget on June 17 that will fund the adult inmate education programs that lawmakers had previously tried to eliminate.

Construction Begins on Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex

Lafourche Parish, La., officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-be-constructed $30 million, 134,000-square-foot Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on June 18. The facility is slated to open in late 2017 or early 2018.

Bedford County Weighs Out New Jail Options

Plans for a new Bedford County Jail in Shelbyville continue to develop, as a five-member Courthouse and Property Committee (made up of some Bedford County Commission members) recommended the construction of a 400-bed justice center to replace the outdated facility at a recent May 26 meeting.

Brazos County Studies Juvenile Facility Expansion

Brazos County is considering an expansion that would more than double the size of its existing juvenile justice facility in Bryan.

Wyoming Considers Repairs, Replacement for State Penitentiary

Poor construction techniques are to blame for numerous structural deficiencies in the 15-year-old Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins, according to a recent report from the state’s engineering consultant.

North Carolina Policy Seeks to Decrease Prison Suicide Rates

Prompted by a rash of recent inmate suicides, North Carolina correctional officials published new policies and procedures on June 1 intended to prevent inmate attempts at self-harm.

Orange County Jail Inmates Graduate from Construction Class

A second batch of inmate students to take the new construction class offered by Valencia College at the Orange County Jail in Orlando graduated on June 3. The college covered the $2,510 cost per person for the first class, which finished in April, and the jail paid for this second class.