Lonestar State Set to Increase Inmate Mental Health Services

Texas is making efforts to increase mental health care services in order to address the rising number of nonviolent inmates with mental illnesses and reduce recidivism of those inmates.

Utah Senators Consider Moving State Prison

The Utah State Senate is debating a bill that would relocate Utah State Prison and establish the Prison Land Management Authority, a committee that would choose the new location of the prison.

Nebraska Struggles with Prison Overcrowding

A Nebraska senator recently sounded the alarm about a potential lawsuit in his state’s correctional system. Senator Brad Ashford (I-Omaha), chairman of the state legislature’s judiciary committee, warned that his state must address its prison overcrowding problem or face the risk of judicial action.

Checking-In with Charles

By Torrey Sims
When I first met Charles Veniez at the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 2012 Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., he was fresh on the scene and making his debut as Norment Security Group’s new CEO — now, after running into him at the 2013 ACA Winter Conference (being less than a year on the job), Veniez seemed like a seasoned veteran with the company.

Highlights of the ACA Facility Tours

The American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 2013 Winter Conference took place in Houston, Texas this year.

Iowa Governor Attempting to Close 10-year-old Prison

The Clinical Care Unit (CCU) at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is about to be closed after only 10 years of use. The state spent $26 million to construct the 200-bed mental health facility but is now mothballing it in preparation for the opening of a new $117 million maximum-security prison.

Small Colorado Towns Brace for Devastating Prison Closures

A rapidly deteriorating prison population in Colorado is forcing state officials to consider closing prisons.

What You Missed at ACA Winter

The American Correctional Association (ACA) held its annual winter conference in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Jan. 25-30. Hundreds of exhibitors and attendees gathered to see the latest products, projects and people in the industry.

Texas Business Powerhouse Calls for Prison Reform

A very large political wind has shifted in the state of Texas. The Texas Association of Business (TAB), known as the most powerful business lobbying group in the Lone Star State, recently made criminal justice reform one of its main legislative priorities.

Plans Move Ahead in Georgia for Jail and Courthouse Project

A lot of change is set to happen in Forsyth County, as plans are moving forward on a major construction project. In early January, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners were given plans for a new courthouse project and were also briefed on the plans to make it happen, including demolishing the current jail and building two parking garages instead of one.