The existing Whatcom County jail in Washington requires additional capacity and improved infrastructure in order to safely incarcerate inmates. As such, the county is actively planning the construction of a new 520-bed jail along with an adjacent sheriff’s headquarters in Ferndale.
The new Glynn County Sheriff’s Office and Jail is located just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean in the port city of Brunswick. The complex’s September 2014 opening marked the culmination of several years of collaboration among county officials, sheriff’s staff, the architect and the general contractor.
The Geo Group of Boca Raton, Fla., announced on Dec. 30 that it has signed contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for the continued management of both the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center in Phillipsburg, Pa., and for the reactivation of the Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton, Okla.
The $45 million Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) in Tumwater has now sat empty for more than four years. Although upkeep on the facility costs the county roughly $430,000 annually, Thurston County commissioners and Sheriff John Snaza continue to disagree on how to properly fund the facility’s opening, forcing the county to rely on its increasingly inadequate 1970s-era jail facility.
Construction on the Putnam County Jail in Palatka is finally scheduled to begin in early January 2015, about five years after RQAW was hired to conduct a physical assessment of the jail to see what kind of upgrades needed to be made.
Ever since the Earl K. Long (EKL) Medical Center closed in Baton Rouge in April 2013, a growing portion of inmates with mental illness or substance abuse problems have been taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.