Hall County to Debut New Correctional Facility

A new home for the Hall County Correctional Institute is scheduled to debut in November. Plans for a new facility have been in the works for about five years now, and construction finally started in March 2014.

U.S. Facilities May Soon House Guantanamo Detainees

Secure government facilities in Kansas and South Carolina could soon be used to house Guantanamo Bay detainees as part of President Obama’s effort to shutter the Cuban detention complex.

Prison Ecology Project Addresses Environmental Issues in Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
The Prison Ecology Project was formed earlier this year in order to address the problems that arise when prisons negatively impact the environment. Not only can inmates face possible health and safety risks, but the land and surrounding communities can be impacted as well.

Precast Cells Installed at Flagler County Facility

By Lindsey Coulter
Construction on Flagler County’s new inmate housing facility, located in Bunnell, reached a significant milestone earlier this month as crews began the installation of 86 new prefabricated cells. The installation marks the jail expansion’s halfway point and the end of the first of two phases of construction.

Tennessee Prison System Faces Staffing Shortage

Tennessee’s prison system is currently in disarray, as correctional offic-ers continue to quit over reduced pay, fighting between rival gangs of inmates and one inmate escape.

Iowa State Penitentiary Receives First Inmates

More than 500 Iowa inmates were relocated to the state’s $132 million penitentiary in Fort Madison on Aug. 1. The maximum-security facility was completed more than two years ago, however ongoing operational and maintenance issues had delayed the inmate transfer.

Baltimore Jail Faces Immediate Shutdown

By Jessie Fetterling
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said last week that he will immediately be closing the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) — a jail that has notoriously been known for its association with violent gangs — and the shutdown should only take a couple weeks.

Ohio Re-Entry Court Receives Additional $35,000 in Funding

Lima Commissioners approved the acceptance of a $35,000 grant that will help fund a prison program to keep felony offenders local in order to give them a connection to their families as well as services to help them adjust to life outside of prison.

Inmates Expected to Receive Pell Grants Again

On July 31, the Obama administration is expected to announce the restoration of federal Pell grant eligibility to prison inmates. While the move will expand educational opportunities to incarcerated individuals for an expected trial period of three to five years, it could also help decrease recidivism and alleviate prison crowding across the country.

Litchfield County Courthouse to Consolidate Court Operations

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the new 183,600-square-foot Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington is currently underway. Farmington, Conn.-based KBE Building Corporation, the company overseeing the $67.8 million project, began erecting structural steel for the new building in May. The facility is scheduled for completion in next summer.