Nolan County Jail to Debut in March


(10/29/2014)
Construction continues on the new $12 million Nolan County jail and sheriff’s office in Sweetwater.

Treanor Architects to Research Douglas County Jail Needs


(10/29/2014)
The Douglas County Commission hired locally based Treanor Architects to research what specific needs must be met if the county jail were to be expanded.

Smith County Jail Expansion Nears Completion


(10/01/2014)
Construction on the $35 million Smith County Jail expansion project in Tyler is scheduled for completion before December, months behind schedule.

Nebraska Officials Release Latest Budget Request


(10/01/2014)
Nebraska’s issues with prison overcrowding continue as the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services released its latest budget request earlier this month. The prison system is seeking 195 new employees, a 15 percent increase in spending (to $239.9 million) and expansion of a program that houses state prison inmates in county jails. This is the latest update to a still incomplete prison-system master plan that would help ease overcrowding.

Greene County Jail Begins Accepting Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/24/2014)
The first phase of the $16.5 expansion project at the Greene County Detention Center was officially completed and began accepting inmates last month, about five months after the jail held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Although the construction has been behind schedule, the facility was built under budget, according to project manager Dave Tierney.

Nonprofit Organization Raises Chapel Funds for Texas Inmates


(08/27/2014)
The Stevenson Unit Chapel Fund Association intends to solicit donations and grants to help build a chapel for all faiths at the Clarence N. Stevenson Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in Cuero.

Utah Tackles Recidivism Rates, Prison Growth


(08/20/2014)
Utah recently became the 25th state to embark on a corrections and sentencing reform campaign aimed improving rehabilitation and reducing recidivism and prison construction. Governor Gary Herbert announced the state’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) will continue work with The Pew Charitable Trusts to increase public safety and limit expected growth in the state’s prison budget.

Iowa Students Create Haven for Correctional Staff


(07/23/2014)
Thanks to a group of Iowa State University landscape architecture students, and Assistant Professor of landscape architecture, Julie Stevens, Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) staff members no longer have to take their work stress home.

Arkansas Prison Officials Seek Funding for New Prison


(07/23/2014)
The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) recently experienced the highest one-year increase in inmate population, 17.7 percent, in the department’s history after introducing new parole enforcement guidelines meant to cut back on repeat violators, reported KUAR News. As such, ADC officials are considering new strategies for reentry programs and housing due to the inmate population increase.

Fulton State Mental Hospital to Undergo Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/09/2014)
St. Louis-based Parsons Brinckerhoff was recently awarded a contract to design a replacement facility for the Fulton State Mental Hospital, the first public mental institution west of the Mississippi River. Today, it houses the state’s only maximum-security psychiatric facility, the Biggs Forensic Center.