In contrast to arguments that increased incarceration is necessary to reduce crime, a new study released June 7 by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law claims otherwise. The study examined data from all 50 states on imprisonment and crime from 2006, (as authors note bipartisan criminal justice reforms generally began around 2007) through 2014, the most recent year for which complete data is available.
Lafourche Parish, La., officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-be-constructed $30 million, 134,000-square-foot Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on June 18. The facility is slated to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
This fall, construction will begin on the new Seneca County Joint Justice Center in Tiffin. A first of its kind in Ohio, the approximately $14.4 million courts facility will serve both the city and county, housing the city of Tiffin’s Municipal Court and Clerk of the Courts as well as the county’s Common Pleas Court, Clerk of the Courts and Probation Department.
Plans for a new Bedford County Jail in Shelbyville continue to develop, as a five-member Courthouse and Property Committee (made up of some Bedford County Commission members) recommended the construction of a 400-bed justice center to replace the outdated facility at a recent May 26 meeting.
Construction on the new Metro-Davidson Criminal Justice Center is scheduled to start soon after the design phase is completed in July. Initial work would include demolition of the old jail located on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville.
A second batch of inmate students to take the new construction class offered by Valencia College at the Orange County Jail in Orlando graduated on June 3. The college covered the $2,510 cost per person for the first class, which finished in April, and the jail paid for this second class.
Ten prison farms across Ohio may soon close as part of a state plan to sell the properties and devote the proceeds to inmate employment and rehabilitation programs, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr told the Associated Press last month. The move to close the facilities and liquidate all assets prompted the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) to seek an injunction.
After losing its state certification due to overcrowding and understaffing in 2012, the Coffee County Jail in Manchester was recently re-certified by the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI), which establishes minimum standards for adult local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state.