Chesapeake Correctional Center to Add Minimum-Security Building


(09/28/2016)
Construction broke ground last month on an expansion to the Chesapeake Correctional Center. Located adjacent to the existing facility in Chesapeake, the 47,282-square-foot building will house 192 inmates and offer space for community programs. It was designed by Moseley Architects, with office locations throughout Virginia.
 

Performance Contract to Save FCC Butner Millions in Water, Energy Costs


(09/28/2016)
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco of Framingham, Mass., to implement energy and water conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Butner. The contract, valued at $53.1 million, is designed to reduce energy intensity throughout the 776-acre prison complex, which includes a federal medical center and several other correctional facilities.
 

South Carolina to Build New Sexual Predator Housing Facility


(09/28/2016)
South Carolina’s Sexually Violent Predator Treatment Program (SVPTP) is on track to receive a new facility following approval from the state’s Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) on Sept. 20.
 

Nationwide Prison Strike Enters Second Week


(09/20/2016)
Inmates across the country launched the first national prison labor strike in U.S. history on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising in upstate New York. The Free Alabama Movement (FAM), a prison-based organization located in New Market that continues to mobilize across Alabama, and the Kansas City, Mo.-based Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee helped launch the call to action for inmates who are demanding better conditions and health care, the right to unionize and what some protesters are calling an “end to slavery in America,” according to an official work-stoppage announcement.
 

VADOC Honored for DINGO Reporting Application


(09/20/2016)
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) recently received a statewide technology award for its development of an enterprise software application that generates robust reporting to help improve the agency’s K-9 operations.
 

Overcrowded Tennessee Jail Loses State Certification


(09/14/2016)
Persistent overcrowding has not only strained services at the Claiborne County Jail in New Tazewell, it has now cost the facility its state certification.
 

DOE Reports that Incarceration Spending Outweighs Education Spending


(09/12/2016)
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released a report, titled Trends in State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education, in July that said state and local spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education for preschool grade PK-12 education in the last three decades.
 

Justice Department to End Use of Private Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/23/2016)
Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates instructed in a memo last week for Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or substantially reduce the contracts scope, according to The Washington Post. The ultimate goal is to end the use of privately operated prisons, she wrote.
 

Women Now Being Incarcerated at Higher Rate Than Men, Study Shows


(08/23/2016)
More and more women are being held in local jails, and the disadvantages which in many cases contributed to their incarceration — such as trauma, behavioral and physical health needs, single-parenthood and poverty — are often exacerbated while in custody, according to a new report released Aug. 17 from the Washington-based Vera Institute of Justice.
 

Virginia DOC Earns STAR Award for Prison College Credit Program


(08/23/2016)
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) received the State Transformation in Action (STAR) Award for its educational program that allows detainees in Virginia’s prisons to be eligible for college credit after taking any of the five career and technical education (CTE) courses recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT).