President Outlines Plans to Close Guantanamo


(02/24/2016)
In an effort to make good on campaign promises, President Obama reaffirmed on Feb. 23 his commitment to closing the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
 

Wyoming Prison Faces Structural Issues


(02/24/2016)
On Feb. 9, Wyoming’s corrections chief told state lawmakers that fixing structural problems at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins would cost $85 million, about as much as it cost to build the entire prison 15 years ago. Correctional officials have also estimated it would cost $160 million to build a new prison from scratch, reported the Associated Press.
 

Cape May to Rebid Jail Project


(02/24/2016)
On Feb. 9, the Cape May County Board of Freeholders voted to reject all six bids it received for the construction of a new jail as all came in millions of dollars over budget.
 

DeKalb County to Begin Jail Expansion


(02/09/2016)
Plans are underway for the $35 million DeKalb County Jail expansion project in Sycamore after Sycamore City Council members reviewed a tentative timeline, with construction expected to begin in the spring and be completed by summer 2018.
 

Franklin County Awards Contract for New Jail


(02/09/2016)
Franklin County Commissioners awarded a $9 million construction-management contract for the $135 million construction of a new Franklin County jail in Columbus.
 

Maryland Governor Hopes to Replace Vacant Detention Center


(02/02/2016)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan that would level most of the vacant Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) complex, paving the way for the construction of a new and improved Baltimore Justice Center on the site. There, the governor hopes to erect a six-story facility to house both male and female inmates that will also include space for education and rehabilitative services.
 

Windham’s Female Re-Entry Project Ahead of Schedule


(02/02/2016)
Mild temperatures have helped speed up construction on the new women’s re-entry center in Windham.
 

Obama Moves to Ban Youth Solitary Confinement


(01/27/2016)
President Barack Obama on Jan. 25 authored an op-ed in The Washington Post decrying the use of solitary confinement for detained youth, calling the practice “an affront to our common humanity.”
 

Iredell County Plans for New Jail


(01/27/2016)
Iredell County Commissioners unanimously voted to begin construction planning for a new county jail in Statesville.
 

Marquette County Jail Renovates After 40 Years


(01/19/2016)
Since the Marquette County Jail first opened in 1976, the facility has had few changes and repairs; however, the jail is finally undergoing a $1.6 million renovation 40 years later to help bring it up to code.