Greenfield Trial Court Undergoes Sustainable Upgrade

When the $60 million renovation and expansion project at the Franklin County courthouse in Greenfield is completed, a green roof will be just one of the many sustainable features in the updated facility.

The GEO Group to Re-Open Michigan Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
Plans are moving forward with the re-opening of the North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin. The 1,740-bed facility, owned by Boca Raton, Fla.-based The Geo Group, a private prison operator, recently signed a contract with the Vermont Department of Corrections to house up to 675 inmates at the Baldwin facility as early as July.

Tablets Offer Inmates Education, Information & Entertainment

Following three years of research and development, Global Tel*Link (GTL), headquartered in Reston, announced on June 4 that it has successfully deployed new inmate tablet technology that could contribute to efforts to reduce recidivism.

Department of Labor Funds Correctional Employment Centers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced earlier this month it has funded $10 million in grants for projects in 20 communities in 14 states to provide comprehensive pre-release services to inmates as well as ongoing support as they re-enter their communities.

Cook County DOC Upgrades Offender Management

The Cook County Department of Corrections’ (CCDOC) Tribridge Offender360 is now live.

Wisconsin Prison to Build New Health Unit

The Wisconsin State Building Commission earlier this month approved $6.47 million for the construction of a new and improved health care facility at the Columbia Correctional Institution (CCI) in Portage.

DeKalb County Anticipates Jail Expansion

A proposed $32 million expansion of the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore reached a significant milestone in May when the county’s Jail Solution Committee announced it was preparing a list of funding recommendations.

MacArthur Foundation Grants Aim to ‘Challenge’ Over-Incarceration

With jail populations having more than tripled since the 1980’s, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced in February that it would begin an initial five-year, $75 million investment in the Safety and Justice Challenge, aimed at streamlining local jail populations while simultaneously altering the American standard regarding jail over-use.

Tab Increases for Stalled Detroit Jail Project

A recent rundown of average monthly and annual costs related to upkeep on the stalled Wayne County Jail construction project in downtown Detroit shows the project continues to be a heavy financial burden on the already strained city.

Danbury Prison Construction to Start this Summer

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told a Senate panel on May 7 that construction of the new Danbury federal prison for women will begin this summer after a two-year-long debate.