Iowa Agrees to Pay Prison Contractor $7 Million


(05/12/2015)
The Iowa State Appeal Board finally agreed to pay $7 million more to the general contractor to resolve a dispute that delayed the opening of the new maximum-security prison in Fort Madison.

Construction Breaks Ground on Tulsa Jail Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/06/2015)
Construction on the 43,000-square-foot expansion of the Tulsa County Jail, formally known as the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, begins this month, following a groundbreaking ceremony for the project that occurred on April 20. The new addition will include a mental health unit containing two pods along the north side of the site and a general population unit containing two pods extending to the northwest. Dewberry, with offices in Tulsa, designed the expansion.

Shawnee County Jail to Get New Kitchen


(04/15/2015)
Shawnee County Commissioners approved $3.6 million for the Shawnee County Corrections Department to build a new kitchen at the Shawnee County Jail in Topeka.

Bentonville to Expand Prison Facility


(04/08/2015)
Benton County Officials in Bentonville have been researching the potential expansion of their county correctional facility.

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.

North Dakota County Begins Jail Expansion Process


(03/11/2015)
Following the approval of a $24 million bond proposal, Ward County, N.D., commissioners in Minot are now meeting with financial professionals to begin the borrowing process for a new 100-bed jail expansion. The project will more than double the size of the existing facility and received considerable community support.

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.

Nebraska Lawmakers Consider Prison Reform Reports


(02/25/2015)
A report released earlier this month by the Platte Institute for Economic Research highlights how Nebraska could ease prison crowding by reforming how and when it releases inmates and lifting the barriers that make it harder for them to find jobs.

Johnson County Jail to Undergo Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/25/2015)
In late 2014, the Johnson County Commissioners Court approved construction of a new addition and renovations of the current 870-bed county jail in Cleburne.