South Florida Jail’s Mail Policy May Be Unconstitutional


(01/22/2014)
A federal lawsuit filed against St. Lucie County Jail in Fort Pierce will challenge the facility’s mail policy for inmates.

Maine Lawmakers Commit to Repairing County Jail System


(01/15/2014)
Months after U.S. Department of Justice reviewer Rod Miller warned that Maine’s county jail system was “possibly about to run over a cliff,” state lawmakers have resolved to find a correctional funding fix in their current session.

New York City’s New Jail to Improve Inmate Admissions

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/15/2014)
The New York City Department of Correction (NYCDOC) and the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) broke ground on a new $594 million jail on Rikers Island. The 620,000-square-foot facility will feature 1,500 beds and will be designed to achieve LEED Silver accreditation.

Women Outpace Men Nationally in Incarceration Rates


(01/15/2014)
Though men still make up a vast majority of both state and federal prison populations, the percentage of female inmates nationwide is steadily increasing.

New Lowell Judicial Center Will Aim for LEED Platinum


(01/02/2014)
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently approved a $1 million investment in the design and planning of the new energy-efficient Lowell Judicial Center. The existing facility, which is the fifth busiest district court in the state for criminal cases, has long been in need of repairs, and current conditions have been described as “deplorable,” according to a statement by Rep. David Mangel (D-Lowell).

Wake County Correctional Facilities Go Green


(01/02/2014)
The Wake County Detention Center expansion project and new Justice Center in Raleigh have both achieved LEED Silver status.

NJ Juvenile Detention Facility Wins National Recognition


(01/02/2014)
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) has named the Essex County Juvenile Detention Facility its Facility of the Year for 2013.

Georgia Revamps Juvenile Justice System


(01/02/2014)
In an effort save money and reduce its juvenile justice population, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a law that would shift more youth offenders to community-based programs.

Commissioners Recommend New Jail After BCDC Scandal


(12/18/2013)
Cell phone scramblers, improved officer screenings and a new $553 million jail are several ways Maryland officials hope to improve the scandal-mired Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC).

McLean County Jail Moves Toward New Mental Health Unit


(12/10/2013)
McLean County officials are considering three new housing options for mentally ill jail inmates.