Ohio Increases Prison Spending, Decreases Recidivism

Increased staff and rehabilitative programs could soon be added to Ohio correctional facilities thanks to Gov. John Kasich’s mid-biennium budget.

Michigan Fines Aramark for Inconsistencies, Fraternization

The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has fined Aramark more than $92,000, citing improper meal counts, unauthorized meal substitutions, improper relationships between inmates and Aramark employees and lax security. The company, which has 30 years of experience in correctional institutions, is contracted to provide meals to roughly 45,000 Michigan inmates.

DHS Finalizes Prison Rape Regulation Standards

The Department of Homeland Security has finalized comprehensive Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards to detect, prevent, reduce and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS immigration facilities.

Construction Underway at Volusia County Correctional Facilities

Renovation projects at the Volusia County Correctional Facility and the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach are underway.

Allegan County Debuts New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
The new $20 million Allegan County Sheriff’s Office and Corrections Center debuted to the public on Saturday. The correctional officers, followed by the inmates, will move into the 35,378-square-foot facility in the next few months.

Maine to Examine Prison Health Care

Concerns over prison health care have prompted Maine legislators to approve an Office of Program Evaluation & Government Accountability (OPEGA) review of the state’s prison health system. The Legislative Oversight Committee announced its decision after receiving a joint letter from several agencies outlining poor inmate health care experiences.

New Hampshire to Build $38 Million Women’s Prison

Site work will begin this summer on the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women.

Cuomo Announces Prison Education Plan

A recent proposal by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to expand inmate education spending is receiving some backlash. The proposed initiative would help prison inmates earn associate and bachelor’s degrees while incarcerated, and is being touted by Cuomo as a way to save money and lower recidivism rates. The governor first announced the new plan alongside New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in Albany on Feb. 16 at the state’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus.

Maryland Cracks Down on Prison Cell Phone Use

Nearly six months after implementing a pilot program targeting contraband cell phones in prisons, Maryland correctional officials have officially adopted the new technology. Gov. George O’Malley unveiled the new “managed access” system at a press conference in the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) in early February.

GEO Group Announces Management of Three New Facilities

On Feb. 1 the GEO Group assumed management of three Florida correctional facilities under a contract with the state’s Department of Management Services.