Nebraska State Penitentiary Implements New Health Programs

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.

The GEO Group Looks to Expand in Montgomery County

After finalizing its purchase of a 1,287-bed detention facility in Montgomery County, Texas, private prison corporation The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., is looking to purchase a second federal prison in the area.

East Mississippi Correctional Facility Faces Class-Action Lawsuit

Mississippi is currently under scrutiny for the “less than ideal” conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County, Miss., near Meridian, Miss.

Ala. Leaders Discuss Possible Women’s Prison

Alabama is trying to make room for female inmates in Calhoun County, Ala., as local leaders are starting a new campaign to push for the creation of a new women’s state correctional facility.

Texas Bill Aims to Divert Inmates with Mental Illnesses

The Texas House of Representatives and Senate have approved a pilot program that would provide inmates with mental illnesses with additional resources in social, clinical, housing and welfare services in the first weeks after release.

Iowa DNA Sampling Bill Goes to Governor

A bill that would require Iowa offenders over the age of 18 who have been convicted of certain misdemeanors to provide a DNA sampling has gone to the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad for approval.

Texas Legislators Debate Closure of Correctional Facilities

Republican legislators of Texas and local officials are fighting to keep doors open at two state correctional facilities slated to close due to fiscal infeasibility while also attempting to purchase an additional correctional facility.

Utah Counties Consider Hosting State Prison Inmates

As the state of Utah searches for the next location of their state prison, counties are looking to take advantage of the economic boost that would come with hosting the new correctional facility and state inmates.

Lancaster County to Open New Jail

Four years after groundbreaking, Lancaster County will open its new 289,000-square-foot $65 million jail in July. The 779-bed Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility (LCADF) was commemorated last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at which 300 members of the community toured the long awaited jail.

Little River County to Reopen Jail

A $1.2 million renovation project will reopen Little River County Jail in late April, more than two years after the facility closed for failing to meet Arkansas state jail standards.