Alabama DOC Aims to Silence Illicit Cell Phones


(04/16/2015)
Alabama’s Draper, Elmore and Staton correctional facilities, all located in Elmore County, may soon receive managed-access systems aimed at blocking signals to contraband cell phones.

Proposed National Law Aims to Reduce Recidivism


(04/16/2015)
A bill introduced by two senators aims to cut government spending by requiring lower-risk prisoners to participate in recidivism reduction programs.

Dutchess County Jail Anticipates New Temporary Housing


(04/15/2015)
Two new temporary housing units approved for use at the chronically overcrowded Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie are now set to open in May. The units will improve care and services for county inmates, streamline the judicial system and result in a considerable cost savings, addressing a correctional housing problem the county has grappled with for more than 20 years.

Report Shows Prison Population Increases, Decreases


(04/15/2015)
The Sentencing Project, a Washington-based research and advocacy group, released new data on April 8 showing incarceration trends across the U.S.

Maine Faces Challenges Due to Prison Overcrowding


(04/08/2015)
The amount of inmates in the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta has grown substantially in recent months.

Maine Seeks Input on Women’s Reentry Facility


(03/25/2015)
On March 28, the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) will host its final public information session concerning a proposed 72-bed women’s reentry facility in Windham. Though the facility will ease the state’s overcrowding and provide better services for female inmates, local outcry over the plan last month pushed department heads to increase project transparency.

Ala. to Add More Parole Officers and Reduce Certain Penalties


(03/25/2015)
The state of Alabama has recently proposed a prison bill reform regarding the addition of more parole officers within the prison system, as well as the reduction of jail time for small time criminals or petty thieves.

National Study Sheds Light on Inmate Health


(03/18/2015)
Roughly 40 percent of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition, according to the 2011-2012 National Inmate Survey released in January from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

New Coffee County Jail to Start Accepting Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2015)
A tentative move-in date for inmates to transfer to the nearly $20 million Coffee County Jail in Manchester is set for May 4. Construction crews are wrapping up interior concrete finishing work on the new jail while officials are moving items from the old jail.

Lucas County Resumes New Jail Planning


(03/11/2015)
Lucas County commissioners approved a contract with a consultant to resume preliminary work on the project almost four months after putting construction of the Toledo jail on hold. The commissioners unanimously approved in late February to enter into a contract with a consultants’ group to prepare requests for the bidding process to contract for construction management, architectural and engineering services.