Texas Voters Narrowly Approve New Inmate Processing Center


(11/13/2013)
Though initial polls showed strong support, Harris County’s proposed joint inmate processing center was approved by an extremely narrow margin.

Medicaid a Possible Solution to Prison Health Costs


(10/30/2013)
According to a report released Oct. 29, states can lower prison health care costs by expanding Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act. The report also highlighted outsourcing and other measures for health care cost reductions.

Correctional Healthcare Companies Win Muscogee County Contract


(09/18/2013)
Correctional Healthcare Companies (CHC) has been contracted by Muscogee County, Ga., to provide health care services to the area’s two correctional facilities.
 

For Better of For Worse: Proxy Marriages End Inmate Marriages in Texas

By Audrey Arthur
(09/11/2013)
A new Texas law eliminating proxy marriages, a marriage that involves a wedding in which one party is absent, has ultimately ended marriages for incarcerated inmates. Though the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) has said they will make no changes to accommodate inmate marriages, this may leave the state department in violation of a federal ruling.

Law Drafted for Public Operation of Idaho Prisons


(09/11/2013)
Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, drafted a proposal that would allow state agencies to bid on government work normally reserved for private companies.

Debate Surrounding Orleans Parish Prison Continues


(08/28/2013)
The third phase of a new inmate housing facility, part of the New Orleans Parish Prison, will soon be constructed on a piece of land owned by the City of New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu recently agreed to the construction project, which will house women, youths, sick and mentally ill inmates. This new housing center will help keep these inmates separate from those contained at the Orleans Parish Prison.
 

FCC Seeks to Lower Inmate Calling Rates


(08/21/2013)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed an order on Aug. 6 that would reduce the rates of inmate calls, cut off payments to prisons and jails for commissions and weaken correctional security.

Students and Inmates Collaborate on Construction Project

By Maggie Ryan
(08/21/2013)
Students from Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture teamed up with inmates at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville to construct a set of classrooms on the ICIW campus. These multipurpose outdoor classrooms will be located in the center of the new 30-acre campus.

Coffee County Plans to Use Old Jail

By Maggie Ryan
(08/01/2013)
A new jail in Coffee County, Tenn., is currently under construction. The $22 million project is slated to be complete in August 2014.

Nebraska State Penitentiary Implements New Health Programs


(06/19/2013)
New medical screening procedures and in-house programs are being implemented in Nebraska penitentiaries as the number of inmates age 50 and older increases. The demand for new operations programs comes from the justice system’s heightened strive to crack down on crime. This, according to experts, has caused the significant increase in older inmates over the years.