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.

Denton County Jail Expansion in Progress


(02/05/2014)
The first phase of the $26.7 million expansion and renovation of the Denton County Jail is well underway and should be completed in September. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) is serving as the general contractor, while HDR is serving as the architect. Both have offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Idaho to End CCA Contract


(01/15/2014)
Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter asked the Idaho Board of Correction earlier this month to take over the operation of the 2,080-bed Idaho Correctional Center (ICC), the state’s largest prison.

Arizona DOC Requests Additional Correctional Officers


(11/27/2013)
Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) Director Charles Ryan is seeking about $60 million in additional funding from Governor Jan Brewer for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1, 2014.

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.