Connecticut Correctional Infrastructure Shrinks


(01/12/2016)
The Niantic Annex, a facility of the Connecticut Department of Corrections system, closed on Friday, Jan. 8.
 

New Juvenile Justice Center Designed with a Therapeutic Approach

By Lindsey Coulter
(12/30/2015)
When it comes to planning justice facilities, a design that works well for adults generally doesn’t fit the unique needs of youth offenders, and vice versa. As such, when the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) began planning the new $20.1 million, 61,000-square-foot Acadiana Center for Youth in Bunkie, the office relied on guidelines from the Louisiana Model for Secure Care created specifically to support youth offender rehabilitation.
 

Maine DOC Unveils New Prison Project Plan


(12/30/2015)
State officials unveiled an updated version of a plan to renovate and expand the Maine Correctional Center’s main campus in Windham on Dec. 16, just three weeks after the groundbreaking of a new, 21,500-square-foot women’s re-entry facility being built nearby.
 

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push For Juvenile Detention Reform


(12/29/2015)
The Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, both located near Irma, have been in the headlines recently for the alleged use of excessive force by staff and administrators against the juvenile offenders. A Department of Justice investigation into the matter also turned up allegations that certain staff and administrators covered up incidents of abuse by destroying or simply not filing the necessary reports. The facilities house primarily serious youth offenders with histories of abuse.
 

Connecticut Plans Prisons for Younger Inmates


(12/29/2015)
Connecticut officials are planning a prison that would exclusively house inmates between the ages of 18 and 25. The state would dedicate one of its 18 existing prisons to male inmates in that age group.
 

Construction Starts on New Hampden Police Station


(12/29/2015)
Construction on the new Hampden police station is underway after the foundation was poured in mid-November, and is scheduled for completion this spring.
 

Prison Phone Provider to Pursue Judicial Review Over Rate Caps


(12/23/2015)
Correctional technology solutions company Global Tel*Link (GTL) of Reston on Dec. 21 announced it will pursue judicial review of a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that seeks to regulate inmate calling services. In a decision to pursue legal action, the company maintains it is advocating for “a balanced approach toward reining in phone rates…that relies on cost data and which is supported by evidence.”
 

Omnibus Bill Will Fund Reopening of Thomson Prison


(12/23/2015)
President Obama signed off on a major tax and spending package on Dec. 18, paving the way for the reopening of Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) in Thomson.
 

Athens-Clarke County Jail Debuts in Georgia


(12/15/2015)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 13 for the new Athens-Clarke County Jail in Athens. Atlanta-based Rosser International Inc. served as the architect on the new jail, while Augusta, Ga.-based McKnight Construction served as the primary contractor.
 

Fifth Vermont Prison Goes Green With Solar Array


(12/15/2015)
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin recently announced the completion of a 500-kilowatt solar net metering project at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.