Construction Begins on Houston’s Joint Processing Center

Construction on the $100 million Joint Processing Center in Houston officially began in late October, and is scheduled to last 24 months.

Construction Cleared for Johnson County Jail

Johnson County, Texas finally received approval in late September to proceed with Phase I construction on its increasingly inadequate jail in Cleburne. The project will improve and modernize the 870-bed facility, built in 1989, expanding its capacity by more than 200 beds.

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.

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.

Texas Announces Jail Safety Standards Committee

In August, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator John Whitmire announced that the state will conduct an interim study on jail safety standards and practices. The announcement followed the in-custody suicides of several county jail inmates, as well as the high-profile death of Sandra Bland in June, which sparked nationwide protest concerning inmate treatment.

Iowa’s Johnson County Jail Completes Security Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
Renovations to many of the Johnson County Jail’s security systems and controls began in April and were completed earlier this month. The jail, located in Iowa City, now has new door locks, cameras and an upgraded control room.

Arkansas Governor Seeks $7.4 Million for 200 Additional Prison Beds

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is currently seeking $7.4 million in funding from the state to open 200 additional prison beds to ease the backlog of inmates being housed at local jails.

Jerome County Constructs New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on a new jail in Jerome County began in March. As reinforced concrete walls start to rise, the project remains on track for a February 2016 completion date.