Obama Moves to Ban Youth Solitary Confinement


(01/27/2016)
President Barack Obama on Jan. 25 authored an op-ed in The Washington Post decrying the use of solitary confinement for detained youth, calling the practice “an affront to our common humanity.”
 

Iredell County Plans for New Jail


(01/27/2016)
Iredell County Commissioners unanimously voted to begin construction planning for a new county jail in Statesville.
 

Marquette County Jail Renovates After 40 Years


(01/19/2016)
Since the Marquette County Jail first opened in 1976, the facility has had few changes and repairs; however, the jail is finally undergoing a $1.6 million renovation 40 years later to help bring it up to code.
 

Northumberland County Prison May Move to Plan B


(01/19/2016)
While site work is already underway on land previously selected to house the new Northumberland County Prison, several county commissioners continue to seek more convenient alternatives.
 

Chisago County May Soon Issue Request for Jail Construction Bids


(01/12/2016)
After weighing the construction of a new jail facility for more than a decade, Chisago County, Minn., correctional officials may be ready to put the project to bid this March. Should the jail project remain on track, bids could be approved by April of this year, with completion in early 2018.
 

Dutchess County Saves $1 Million with Pod Addition


(01/12/2016)
The two temporary housing units installed in the Dutchess County Jail in Poughkeepsie last May saved the county about $1 million in costs that would have been used housing out inmates to other counties, reported Daily Freeman News.
 

Connecticut Correctional Infrastructure Shrinks


(01/12/2016)
The Niantic Annex, a facility of the Connecticut Department of Corrections system, closed on Friday, Jan. 8.
 

New Juvenile Justice Center Designed with a Therapeutic Approach

By Lindsey Coulter
(12/30/2015)
When it comes to planning justice facilities, a design that works well for adults generally doesn’t fit the unique needs of youth offenders, and vice versa. As such, when the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) began planning the new $20.1 million, 61,000-square-foot Acadiana Center for Youth in Bunkie, the office relied on guidelines from the Louisiana Model for Secure Care created specifically to support youth offender rehabilitation.
 

Maine DOC Unveils New Prison Project Plan


(12/30/2015)
State officials unveiled an updated version of a plan to renovate and expand the Maine Correctional Center’s main campus in Windham on Dec. 16, just three weeks after the groundbreaking of a new, 21,500-square-foot women’s re-entry facility being built nearby.
 

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push For Juvenile Detention Reform


(12/29/2015)
The Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, both located near Irma, have been in the headlines recently for the alleged use of excessive force by staff and administrators against the juvenile offenders. A Department of Justice investigation into the matter also turned up allegations that certain staff and administrators covered up incidents of abuse by destroying or simply not filing the necessary reports. The facilities house primarily serious youth offenders with histories of abuse.