States Consider Lethal Injection Alternatives


(06/11/2014)
As the result of the botched lethal injection execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett in April 2014, as well as a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs, some of the 32 states that practice capital punishment now are examining alternative methods.

New N.D. Jail Design Presented


(05/14/2014)
UBL Design Group, based in Bismarck, in cooperation with New York-based Venture Architects presented design plans for the new combined Burleigh/Morton County jail to commissioners from Burleigh County, Morton County, Bismarck and Mandan in April.

Grand County Discusses Jail Upgrade Options


(05/07/2014)
The Grand County Jail in Moab, Utah, is in need of major repairs.

Arkansas Jail Celebrates Groundbreaking


(04/17/2014)
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nevada County jail in Prescott was held earlier this month.

Missoula County Jail Opens Rec Area for Female, Juvenile Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/16/2014)
Female and juvenile inmates at the Missoula County Detention Facility finally got what they wanted earlier this month. The county completed two outdoor recreation areas for juveniles and women incarcerated at the jail, giving them access to fresh air, sunlight and outdoor exercise — all of which had been previously unavailable to them.

Nebraska Lawmakers Move Bills to Ease Prison Crowding


(04/16/2014)
Just months after Fairfax, Va.-based Dewberry Architects revealed a master plan for construction work at Nebraska correctional facilities, state lawmakers passed Legislative Bills (LB) 907 and 999 on April 8 in the second of three rounds of consideration.

Regional Texas Jail Addition Welcomes Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/09/2014)
An $8.6 million addition and renovation of the regional jail and animal adoption center in Keller was revealed to the public on Feb. 22, and inmates will move into the new facility this week. The regional facility will serve residents from Keller, Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake. The new 21,000-plus-square-foot facility nearly quadruples the amount of space for holding inmates and animals in the four cities.

Nebraska Mulls New Prison Construction & Alternatives


(03/11/2014)
Consultants hired by the state of Nebraska to tackle the growing correctional overcrowding problem have delivered a new master plan that relies heavily on construction and expansion. Nebraska has been grappling with a steadily increasing prison population for several years. As of Jan. 31, the state’s correctional system housed nearly 5,000 inmates, more than 150 percent of its intended capacity.

Judge Opposes Arkansas Board of Corrections Prison Decision


(03/11/2014)
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen opposes a recent decision made by the Arkansas Board of Corrections to spend millions of dollars constructing a new prison.

Ellis County Courthouse to Undergo Renovation

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/05/2014)
Plans that include a renovation and addition to the Ellis County Law Enforcement Center and a remodel of the Ellis County Courthouse are underway in Hays, Kan. The project’s architect, Kansas City, Mo.-based Treanor Architects, is currently making final changes to the remodeling plan for contractors to consider and bid on later this spring.