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.
 

Warren County Renews Efforts to Fund Jail, Courthouse Construction


(08/10/2016)
Undeterred by the failure of a first jail and courthouse construction referendum in May 2016, Warren County officials have assembled several firms in anticipation of a second referendum in the near future.
 

7 California Prisons Receive ACA Accreditation


(08/10/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced on Aug. 8 that seven of the state’s prisons had earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, bringing the total number of accredited state prisons in California to 30.
 

Alabama Settles Lawsuit to Accommodate Inmates with Disabilities


(08/10/2016)
In early July, Alabama settled a lawsuit to make changes to accommodate inmates with disabilities at aging state prisons.
 

Construction Breaks Ground on Rowan County Jail


(08/10/2016)
Rowan County broke ground on a new $20.7 million detention center on July 18, about two years after the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) authorized the county to move forward with the building project.
 

New Mexico Prison Closure to Impact 300 Workers


(08/10/2016)
The upcoming closure of the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan is set to relocate approximately 1,200 inmates to other facilities and leave some 300 employees without work.
 

Tarrant County Selects Juvenile Center Design Team


(08/02/2016)
The Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court recently named Omaha, Neb.-based HDR — together with locally based LBL Architects — to plan and design a major expansion and alterations to the county’s Scott D. Moore Juvenile Center in Fort Worth.
 

St. Brides Correctional Center Sees Solar Energy Benefits


(08/02/2016)
St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake installed solar panel units in 2012 to preheat ground water entering its buildings.
 

Charlotte County Selects Builder for Courthouse Project


(07/20/2016)
In a July 12 meeting, members of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors approved amended plans for construction of the county’s new courthouse, and awarded a nearly $11.5 million construction contract.