Baltimore to Build New Youth Jail


(05/19/2015)
The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved plans last week to build a $30 million, 60-bed jail for Baltimore teenagers charged as adults after years of concern about the treatment of the young defendants who are mixed in with adults.

Philadelphia Considers Replacing Outdated House of Correction


(05/19/2015)
The Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Public Property voted on May 11 to approve a bill that allows the city to purchase a 58-acre parcel of land on the Delaware River that could be used to build a prison facility to replace the 140-year-old House of Correction in Northeast Philadelphia — a decision that would ultimately be left for the next mayor to tackle.

Alabama Legislature Considers Plan to Reduce Overcrowding


(05/06/2015)
There are currently two bills making their way through the Alabama Legislature that, if passed, would help reduce overcrowding in Alabama prisons.

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.