Texas Announces Jail Safety Standards Committee


(09/02/2015)
In August, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator John Whitmire announced that the state will conduct an interim study on jail safety standards and practices. The announcement followed the in-custody suicides of several county jail inmates, as well as the high-profile death of Sandra Bland in June, which sparked nationwide protest concerning inmate treatment.

Iowa’s Johnson County Jail Completes Security Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/19/2015)
Renovations to many of the Johnson County Jail’s security systems and controls began in April and were completed earlier this month. The jail, located in Iowa City, now has new door locks, cameras and an upgraded control room.

Arkansas Governor Seeks $7.4 Million for 200 Additional Prison Beds


(08/04/2015)
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is currently seeking $7.4 million in funding from the state to open 200 additional prison beds to ease the backlog of inmates being housed at local jails.

Jerome County Constructs New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/29/2015)
Construction on a new jail in Jerome County began in March. As reinforced concrete walls start to rise, the project remains on track for a February 2016 completion date.

Culture Study to be Included in Nebraska Correctional Reform


(07/29/2015)
After having multiple problems occur within its correctional facilities, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has decided to conduct a culture study before making reform plans.

Work Begins on Seward County Justice Center


(07/01/2015)
Work is officially underway on the new Seward County Justice Center, which will combine the county’s sheriff’s office, courts, attorney’s office, emergency dispatch center, public defender’s office and probation programs. The new $15 million facility may take up to two years to complete, but the county hopes to begin transferring inmates by the winter of 2017.

New Marion County Jail Estimated at $7.2 million


(07/01/2015)
Facing closure for being out of compliance with state regulations, the current Marion County 20-bed jail, located in Yellville, now faces potential replacement by a new, 62-bed jail costing an estimated $7.2 million.

Work Stopped on Orleans Parish Prison


(07/01/2015)
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ordered the stoppage of all work on the contentious Orleans Parish Prison on June 24, only to have a civil district judge rule in favor of the sheriff’s office and temporarily order progress to resume on June 26. Work will now continue until July 8, when a hearing will take place to decide the project’s next move.

Jail Move Still Uncertain in Lawrence County


(06/23/2015)
Built to hold 52 prisoners, Lawrence County Jail in Ironton, has routinely exceeded this recommendation, housing upwards of 74 prisoners at a time.

Utah Prison Relocation Initiative Solicits Community Feedback


(06/10/2015)
Utah lawmakers and correctional leaders held a hearing on June 16 to discuss four potential sites for the state’s new correctional facility. This latest hearing follows three informational meetings held over May and early June in Salt Lake City, Grantsville and the Eagle Mountain/Fairfield area, all of which are potential sites for the soon-to-be-relocated state prison.