South Carolina to Build New Sexual Predator Housing Facility

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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).

Saginaw Sheriff Proposes Moving Jail to Shuttered Auto Factory

Two months after Saginaw County commissioners heard a proposal to replace the county’s aging jail with a new facility on county-owned property, Sheriff William Federspiel is advocating for moving the jail to a now-shuttered automotive plant.

National Survey Measures Prison Health Care Delivery

Findings of a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington, discovered that prison health care services in many states have prioritized mental health screenings and long-term medical care for inmates. The study, developed and conducted by the CDC in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, also based in Washington, focused on services provided by state prisons in 2011.