Toledo Courthouse Earns Design Award


(06/26/2014)
The design for the proposed U.S. Courthouse in Toledo was recognized by the United States General Services Administration (GSA) in May with a 2014 GSA Design Award.

Indiana Correctional Facility Goes Kosher


(06/25/2014)
The Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) is now providing Kosher meals to inmates who require the specially prepared, religiously appropriate fare.

Tabor Correctional Institution Debuts Addition

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/11/2014)
An addition to the recently opened Tabor Correctional Institution in Tabor City was completed earlier this year with inmates moving in this past February. The 252-bed addition brings the facility’s capacity to over 1,700, making it the second largest prison in the state behind Scotland Correctional Institution. Both the Scotland and Tabor prisons were part of a six-prison building effort that ended with the opening of Tabor Correctional in 2008.
 

Pennsylvania Prisons May Halt Hiring


(06/11/2014)
In an effort to save money, Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has instituted a department-wide freeze on new hiring, which union representatives are calling a threat to correctional staff safety.

Thomson Prison Receives Funding Boost


(06/10/2014)
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced on June 5 that he and other members of the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved $43.7 million for equipment and staffing to continue the activation of Thomson Prison.

Pueblo Unit Opens for Juvenile Justice Girls

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/10/2014)
To avoid sending teenage girls accused or convicted of crimes to a maximum-security women’s prison, the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) decided to renovate an existing, self-contained building on the Albert J. Solnit Psychiatric Center – South Campus in Middleton.

Former Lorton Prison to House New Residential Development


(06/10/2014)
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a $188 million overhaul of the former Lorton prison site, which closed in 2001, on June 3.

Ohio to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles


(05/28/2014)
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has settled a lawsuit against the State of Ohio to end what it deemed unlawful seclusion of youth in juvenile correctional facilities. According to a release issued by the DOJ, the United States and private plaintiffs have reached an agreement with the state under which the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) will dramatically reduce, and eventually eliminate, its use of seclusion on young people.

DeSoto Supervisors Green Light Jail Addition


(05/28/2014)
DeSoto County supervisors recently approved the second phase of construction on the DeSoto County jail, which will include space for 268 new inmates.

BJS Honored for PREA Standards


(05/21/2014)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and several of its partners have received the 2014 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). The BJS was honored for its innovative efforts to measure sexual victimization in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Senior Statistical Advisor and Program Lead for BJS Allen J. Beck accepted the award on behalf of the bureau and its data collection agents, including RTI International of Durham, N.C., Westat of Rockville, Md., National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Census Bureau, at the annual AAPOR conference on May 17.