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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.