Putnam County Jail Construction to Begin in 2015

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/17/2014)
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.

Thomson Prison Reopening Closer to Becoming a Reality


(12/17/2014)
Washington lawmakers further secured the reopening of Thomson Correction Center (TCC) in Thomson, Ill. by dedicating $106 million to Bureau of Prisons construction.

Baton Rouge to Vote on Mental Health Center


(12/17/2014)
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.

Feds Take Strong Stance on Juvenile Education


(12/09/2014)
Officials from the United States Department of Education recently reasserted their stance on providing high quality education to learning disabled students in correctional and secure settings.
 

New York City to Spend $130 Million for Mentally Ill Inmates


(12/09/2014)
On Monday, Dec. 1, New York City announced that they plan to spend $130 million in order to change the way its criminal justice system handles mentally ill inmates.
 

Forsyth Courthouse, Jail Scheduled for Spring Debut


(12/03/2014)
Construction on the new Forsyth County Justice Center in Cummings is currently on track to debut this spring. The design includes a five-story courthouse and adjacent jail, both of which are being built to enhance security as well as be flexible for expansion.
 

Geneva County Plans for New Jail


(12/03/2014)
Voters in Geneva County approved a one-cent sales tax increase in early November that would be used to construct a new county jail.
 

Top Florida Correctional Official Resigns


(11/26/2014)
After two years and a flurry of controversies, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews will resign at the end of the month. Following the resignation announcement, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Tim Cannon, a more than 20-year veteran of the department and its current deputy secretary, to serve as interim secretary.

Elections, Grassroots Efforts Reignite Tamms Debate


(11/19/2014)
Several Illinois residents are actively working to reopen the shuttered Tamms Correctional Center, also referred to as Tamms Supermax, in Alexander County.

Southern Command Seeks to Rebuild Guantanamo Facility


(11/12/2014)
Following the 2014 midterm elections and subsequent power shift in the U.S. Congress, the Pentagon’s Southern Command will again seek funding to rebuild a prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.