Ohio Announces Prison Farms Closures, Union Files Injunction

By Lindsey Coulter
(05/25/2016)
Ten prison farms across Ohio may soon close as part of a state plan to sell the properties and devote the proceeds to inmate employment and rehabilitation programs, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr told the Associated Press last month. The move to close the facilities and liquidate all assets prompted the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) to seek an injunction.
 

Coffee County Jail is Once Again State Certified


(05/25/2016)
After losing its state certification due to overcrowding and understaffing in 2012, the Coffee County Jail in Manchester was recently re-certified by the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI), which establishes minimum standards for adult local jails, lock-ups, workhouses and detention facilities in the state.
 

Top Project: Broward County Courthouse Nears Completion


(05/18/2016)
The new Broward County Courthouse is scheduled to open this summer, about a year after the original projected completion date. Construction on the about $245 million courthouse began in August 2012.
 

Revised Alabama Prison Construction Bill Dies in State House


(05/10/2016)
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s multi-million-dollar plan to build four new prisons across the state died on May 4 when the state House failed to vote on an amended version of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act prior to its expiration time and the end of the Legislative session.
 

Alabama Lawmakers Approve $800 Million Prison Construction Plan


(05/03/2016)
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s $800 million plan to build four new prisons across the state passed successfully through the state House of Representatives on April 28 after being approved by the Senate earlier last month.
 

Stewart County Debuts New, $7.5 Million Jail


(05/03/2016)
Stewart County debuted its new $7.5 million jail in Dover in early 2016 as the answer to a federal court order that put a limit on the number of inmates that could be housed in the previously overcrowded jail. Chattanooga, Tenn.-based TWH Architects served as the architect on the project, while Humboldt, Tenn.-based Lashlee-Rich Inc. served as the construction manager.
 

Jefferson County Jail Expansion, Renovation Underway


(05/03/2016)
Construction is underway on an about $8 million renovation and expansion project to the Jefferson County Jail in Brookville.
 

Allegheny County Seeks Expansion of Inmate Tablet Program


(04/20/2016)
Administrators of the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh are currently awaiting approval on a request to expand the county’s successful inmate tablet program.
 

Monongalia County Brings Court Operations Under One Roof


(04/20/2016)
The new Monongalia County Justice Center in Morgantown opened in August 2015 in the former Harley O. Staggers Federal Building and regional post office. The $18 million adaptive-reuse project not only brings life to a building that was vacant for more than eight years, but also provides a more ordered, functional and secure facility for the county’s court operations.
 

New Report Criticizes Lack of HIV Services for Louisiana Inmates


(04/05/2016)
In the report, “Paying the Price: Failure to Deliver HIV Services in Louisiana Parish Jails,” national advocacy group Human Rights Watch claims Louisiana jail inmates consistently receive HIV services that are “limited, haphazard, and in many cases, non-existent.”