Mississippi Prison Seeks to End Consent Decree


(04/29/2015)
After U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves extended the term of a consent decree involving the seven-unit, 1,260-bed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Walnut Grove, Miss. earlier this month, a lawyer for the state’s corrections department invited the judge to visit the private prison for a firsthand look at operational improvements.

Broome County Jail Kicks Off $6.8 Million Upgrade


(04/29/2015)
Construction on a $6.8 million project at the Broome County jail facility in Binghamton kicked off earlier this month. The project will add a new medical pod and increase housing space at the currently 536-bed, direct supervision facility.

VADOC Continues Department-Wide Recycling Efforts


(04/29/2015)
The Virginia Department of Corrections released a statement last week on Earth Day about its continued recycling efforts since 2012, positioning itself as a statewide leader in recycling.

Legislation Could Expand Jail Mental Health Services


(04/29/2015)
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced legislation earlier this month that could improve mental health and other health care services at local jails across the country.

Suffolk County Halts Jail Construction


(04/16/2015)
In late March, New York officials froze a mandate requiring that Suffolk County build a $112 million, second-phase addition to its Yaphank jail.

Alabama DOC Aims to Silence Illicit Cell Phones


(04/16/2015)
Alabama’s Draper, Elmore and Staton correctional facilities, all located in Elmore County, may soon receive managed-access systems aimed at blocking signals to contraband cell phones.

Proposed National Law Aims to Reduce Recidivism


(04/16/2015)
A bill introduced by two senators aims to cut government spending by requiring lower-risk prisoners to participate in recidivism reduction programs.

Dutchess County Jail Anticipates New Temporary Housing


(04/15/2015)
Two new temporary housing units approved for use at the chronically overcrowded Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie are now set to open in May. The units will improve care and services for county inmates, streamline the judicial system and result in a considerable cost savings, addressing a correctional housing problem the county has grappled with for more than 20 years.

Report Shows Prison Population Increases, Decreases


(04/15/2015)
The Sentencing Project, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, released new data on April 8 showing incarceration trends across the U.S.

Maine Faces Challenges Due to Prison Overcrowding


(04/08/2015)
The amount of inmates in the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta has grown substantially in recent months.