Pennsylvania Correctional Budget Tops $2 Billion

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has requested more than $2 billion in funding for FY 2014-2015, up $77 million from Governor Tom Corbett’s last budget.

Cornerstone Detention to Acquire Norment

Cornerstone Detention Products announced on April 9 that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Norment Security Group from The Gores Group, a Los Angeles‐based investment firm. Financial terms of the transaction have not yet been disclosed.

Officials Lobby for Kansas Prison Project

Leavenworth Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger and Leavenworth City Manager Scott Miller recently made a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal legislators from Kansas about funding of a new federal prison in Leavenworth.

Ohio Bill Improves Jail Construction Funding

A bill designed to improve the funding process for upgrades to Ohio’s regional jails has cleared both the House and Senate.

Ohio Sued Over Seclusion of Mentally Ill Youth

A lawsuit filed on March 12 by the U.S. Justice Department may block Ohio juvenile correction facilities from secluding offenders with mental illnesses. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order to limit the practice, and claims that the state has, “systematically violated substantive due process rights of boys with mental health disorders” at several juvenile correctional facilities, causing the offenders “real, irreparable harm.”

Q&A: Courthouse Design

By Jessie Fetterling
Sillings Architects + Planners, based in Charleston, W.V., designed the Lewis County Judicial Annex in Weston, W.V., which debuted in August 2013. The new two-story judicial annex is one of several courthouse projects that Sillings completed in recent years.

Illinois’ Thomson Prison to Reopen

After sitting empty for four years, the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) in northwest Illinois finally has an estimated reopening date.

Jacksonville Debuts Transitional Facility for Inmates

A new facility that looks like a high school and apartment complex combined awaits Florida inmates just released from the state’s prison system.

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.