Ala. to Add More Parole Officers and Reduce Certain Penalties


(03/25/2015)
The state of Alabama has recently proposed a prison bill reform regarding the addition of more parole officers within the prison system, as well as the reduction of jail time for small time criminals or petty thieves.

Douglas County Studies How to Help Mentally Ill Inmates

By Daniel R. Rowe
(03/25/2015)
Like many cities and counties, Douglas County, Kan., has seen an uptick in the number of people with mental health conditions arriving at the county jail.

Johnson County Jail Transfers Inmates During Construction


(03/18/2015)
A project at the Johnson County Jail in Iowa City to begin this spring will force the sheriff’s office to transfer a majority of its inmates out of the county for several months.

California Prisoners Now Have Ability to get Four-Year Degree


(03/18/2015)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) along with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges have recently come to an agreement to allow more and more current prisoners the ability to acquire academic certificates, degrees and credits, which will in most cases transfer over to a four-year university atmosphere.

Santa Clara County Moves Forward with Jail Plan


(03/11/2015)
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to take steps toward the construction of a new jail in San Jose.

Texas Prison Riot Results in Several Layoffs


(03/11/2015)
An overwhelming 2,000 plus inmates rioted recently at a privatized correctional facility located in Southern Texas along the Mexico border.

Florida Prison to Add 2-Megawatt Solar Array


(02/25/2015)
Power, natural gas and energy products retailer Constellation was awarded a Federal Bureau of Prisons contract on Feb. 19 to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) in Coleman, Fla.

Sheriff Ordered to Improve Wayne County Jail Buildings


(02/25/2015)
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny ordered Sheriff Benny Napoleon to start fixing up the Wayne County jail in Detroit, citing roaches, drain flies and other evidence of hygiene problems.

High Security Unit Opens at Rikers


(02/25/2015)
A new enhanced supervision housing unit opened within Rikers Island’s Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York on Feb. 22.