Alabama Settles Lawsuit to Accommodate Inmates with Disabilities

In early July, Alabama settled a lawsuit to make changes to accommodate inmates with disabilities at aging state prisons.

Virginia Task Force Publishes Juvenile Hall Design Recommendations

An interim report authored by Virginia’s Juvenile Correctional Center Task Force based in Richmond calls for smaller facilities designed with an increased emphasis on rehabilitation. The report specifically addresses the design and construction of a new juvenile correctional center in Chesapeake.

Construction Begins on Lake County Courthouse Tower

In June, construction began on the second phase of the $110 million Lake County Courthouse complex expansion project in Waukegan. The eight-story, 200,000-square-foot criminal courts building will include 12 courtrooms and connect to the current courthouse via an overhead walkway, reported the Chicago Tribune. There will be a holding room on each floor adjacent to the courtrooms, which the current courthouse does not include.

Construction Breaks Ground on Rowan County Jail

Rowan County broke ground on a new $20.7 million detention center on July 18, about two years after the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) authorized the county to move forward with the building project.

New Mexico Prison Closure to Impact 300 Workers

The upcoming closure of the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan is set to relocate approximately 1,200 inmates to other facilities and leave some 300 employees without work.

St. Brides Correctional Center Sees Solar Energy Benefits

St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake installed solar panel units in 2012 to preheat ground water entering its buildings.

Clay County to Consolidate Jail, Law Enforcement Services

Law enforcement, justice and correctional facilities in Clay County, Minn., will soon be consolidated as the county prepares to construct a new jail and law enforcement center in Moorhead. The project will help centralize services, placing the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the Moorhead Police Department, the county courthouse and a new jail all within a roughly six-block radius.

Delaware County Judicial Building to Debut Next Spring

The new $38 million Delaware County Judicial Building currently under construction in Delaware will combine a majority of county governmental services under one roof, providing better transactional relationships for court and administrative tasks. The project broke ground last fall and is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.

Charlotte County Selects Builder for Courthouse Project

In a July 12 meeting, members of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors approved amended plans for construction of the county’s new courthouse, and awarded a nearly $11.5 million construction contract.

DOE Moves Forward with Second Chance Pell Program

On June 24, the Department of Education (DOE) announced 67 colleges and universities that will participate in the Second Chance Pell pilot program. Initially announced last summer, the program will allow eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education in hopes of helping them get jobs upon release from jail.