Harford County Sheriff Seeks to Staff Jail Addition


(12/02/2015)
The Harford County Jail in Bel Air underwent a $32 million expansion four years ago, but one specific problem is keeping the jail from operating at its full capacity: Staffing. The Baltimore Sun reported on Nov. 27 that Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler has requested hiring an addition 36 new correctional officers to help put the currently unused expansion on line.
 

Justice For Vets Expands Veterans Treatment Courts


(12/02/2015)
Alexandria-headquartered Justice For Vets recently announced that the number of Veterans Treatment Courts across the nation increased by 28 percent between 2013 and 2014, with hundreds more in the planning stages.
 

Opening of Hall County Correctional Institute Pushed to 2016


(12/02/2015)
The Hall County Correctional Institute in Gainsville was originally scheduled to open in November, but due to weather-related issues it is now likely to open in mid-January.
 

Dorchester County Jail to Open Four Months Ahead of Schedule

By Lindsey Coulter
(11/24/2015)
Time and money are two of the biggest obstacles to building new county jail facilities. However, the new 80,500-square-foot Dorchester County Detention Center in South Carolina, is on track for completion an impressive four months ahead of schedule, and rings in at a modest $19.1 million including site work.
 

CCA Acquires Avalon Correctional Services


(11/24/2015)
Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prisons operator, grew on Oct. 29 when it announced the purchase of Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Avalon Correctional Services Inc., a privately held company that provides residential reintegration programming to help residents return to their communities.
 

Lean Construction Speeds Up Effingham County Jail Construction


(11/04/2015)
Savannah, Ga.-based Rives E. Worrell Co., a JE Dunn Construction Company, completed the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in Springfield in June 2014. The design-build project included a new, 204-bed county jail with kitchen and laundry resources as well as booking and administrative facilities for Effingham County.
 

Obama Promotes Rehabilitation, Reintegration for Formerly Incarcerated


(11/04/2015)
On Nov. 2, President Obama announced new actions aimed at helping the more than 600,000 formerly incarcerated individuals released from state and federal prisons each year rehabilitate and reintegrate back into their communities.
 

Q&A: Studio 8 Design Finalizes Georgia Correctional Institute


(10/28/2015)
Hall County Correctional Institute is scheduled to debut later this year, about 1.5 years after construction began. The new facility will replace the about 60-year-old outdated correctional institute, which was originally built in 1963.
 

Livingston County Jail Expansion Project Nears Milestone


(10/28/2015)
The first phase of construction on the expansion of the Livingston County Jail is now just days away from completion, and is anticipated to open in late November.
 

FCC Aims to Revamp Prison Phone Fee Structures


(10/21/2015)
The heads of four leading prison phone providers are speaking out against new federal rules that would cap inmate phone call rates. In a joint statement to the Washington-based Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the companies claimed the regulatory changes would have “devastating” effects on their operations.