Committee Releases Operations Report for Waller County Jail


(04/20/2016)
A civilian committee released a report on April 12, recommending a variety of changes to Hempstead’s Waller County Jail operations in direct response to the suicide of 28-year-old Sandra Bland last July.
 

National Survey Reveals Correctional Technology Priorities


(04/05/2016)
Dallas-headquartered Securus Technologies — a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring — last week announced the results of a national survey conducted at the company’s state-of-the-art, $1.5 million Technology Center.
 

Arkansas Correctional Center to Relocate to Former Hospital


(03/30/2016)
As a cost saving measure, the Southeast Arkansas Community Correction Center in Pine Bluff, will soon move to the Crittenden County Hospital building in the community of West Memphis.
 

Pennington County Plans for Incarceration Alternatives


(03/22/2016)
Like several counties across the U.S., Pennington County is looking to alternatives for incarceration instead of deciding to add onto its already massive, 624-bed county jail in Rapid City.
 

Lawsuits Over Poor Decatur City Jail Conditions Dismissed


(03/22/2016)
A federal judge last week dismissed a series of lawsuits filed by inmates claiming that poor conditions at the Decatur City Jail in Decatur are violating their constitutional rights. The jail, which was first scheduled for closure more than 17 months ago, provides inmates with poor medical care and food services and increasingly inadequate living conditions, according to the 15 different lawsuits filed in the U.S. Northern District.
 

Montana Youth Facility Expands to Serve Male Offenders


(02/24/2016)
The Montana Department of Corrections, Youth Services Division, recently announced plans to convert an existing 20-bed unit at its 120-bed Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility to serve young adults.
 

Alabama Governor Proposes Prison Closures, Consolidation


(02/09/2016)
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley in his Feb. 2 State of the State address in Montgomery announced plans to transform the state’s prison system.
 

Oil Field Community Addresses Growing Crime with New Jail

By Lindsey Coulter
(01/27/2016)
North Dakota’s Bakken oil field region is an expansive boomtown. The region’s meteoric population growth began in the mid 2000s as oil companies flocked to the area, bringing with them throngs of new workers. While this type of growth is often beneficial for a small community, McKenzie County law enforcement and correctional officials in particular quickly became overwhelmed by the extreme uptick in crime that followed.
 

Argyle Security and SteelCell Announce Strategic Relationship


(01/18/2016)
Argyle Security Group (“Argyle”), a service and solutions provider of detention and security electronics, hardware, materials, furnishings and products, and SteelCell of North America Inc. (“SteelCell”), a manufacturer of prefabricated modular, steel units for use in the detention facilities and other security-inclined commercial construction, have entered into a strategic manufacturing and sales relationship extending SteelCell’s product offerings to the western United States.
 

Sherburne County Moves Plans for Government Center Expansion


(01/12/2016)
The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners decided to move into the schematic design phase of a proposed expansion to the Government Center located in Elk River. St. Paul, Minn.-based BWBR Architects will spend about three months in the schematic design phase, followed by another three to four months of design development.