Montana Youth Facility Expands to Serve Male Offenders

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

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
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

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

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.

Benton County Will Soon Seek Jail Expansion Bids

lans are nearing completion for the construction of two much-needed expansions to the Benton County Jail in Bentonville.

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.