GEO Group Announces Management of Three New Facilities


(02/05/2014)
On Feb. 1 the GEO Group assumed management of three Florida correctional facilities under a contract with the state’s Department of Management Services.

Cumberland County Dedicates New Jail Expansion


(02/05/2014)
After a 17-month construction process, Cumberland County officials recently celebrated the dedication of the expanded Cumberland County Detention Center. The roughly $15 million project wrapped up last month, and correctional staff began moving inmates into the new and improved facility immediately following the dedication.

Muskegon County Holds Jail Groundbreaking Ceremony


(02/05/2014)
Muskegon County held a groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 14 to celebrate the construction of its new $27.6 million jail.

Wrecking Ball Takes Aim at Maryland House of Correction


(01/29/2014)
After standing for more than 130 years, structural demolition has begun on the infamous maximum security Maryland House of Correction. The aging and inadequate facility saw a dramatic increase in violence in recent years, prompting correctional officials to close it in 2007.

Alabama Poised to Establish Prison Reform Task Force


(01/22/2014)
Alabama state senators hope their recent approval of a new task force will help determine the cause of the state’s growing prison overcrowding problem, and offer potential solutions.

South Florida Jail’s Mail Policy May Be Unconstitutional


(01/22/2014)
A federal lawsuit filed against St. Lucie County Jail in Fort Pierce will challenge the facility’s mail policy for inmates.

Maine Lawmakers Commit to Repairing County Jail System


(01/15/2014)
Months after U.S. Department of Justice reviewer Rod Miller warned that Maine’s county jail system was “possibly about to run over a cliff,” state lawmakers have resolved to find a correctional funding fix in their current session.

New York City’s New Jail to Improve Inmate Admissions

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/15/2014)
The New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC) and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) broke ground on a new $594 million jail on Rikers Island. The 620,000-square-foot facility will feature 1,500 beds and will be designed to achieve LEED Silver accreditation.

Women Outpace Men Nationally in Incarceration Rates


(01/15/2014)
Though men still make up a vast majority of both state and federal prison populations, the percentage of female inmates nationwide is steadily increasing.

New Lowell Judicial Center Will Aim for LEED Platinum


(01/02/2014)
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently approved a $1 million investment in the design and planning of the new energy-efficient Lowell Judicial Center. The existing facility, which is the fifth busiest district court in the state for criminal cases, has long been in need of repairs, and current conditions have been described as “deplorable,” according to a statement by Rep. David Mangel (D-Lowell).