Ohio Bill Improves Jail Construction Funding


(04/09/2014)
A bill designed to improve the funding process for upgrades to Ohio’s regional jails has cleared both the House and Senate.

Cornerstone Detention to Acquire Norment


(04/09/2014)
Cornerstone Detention Products announced on April 9 that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Norment Security Group from The Gores Group, a Los Angeles‐based investment firm. Financial terms of the transaction have not yet been disclosed.

Ohio Sued Over Seclusion of Mentally Ill Youth


(03/19/2014)
A lawsuit filed on March 12 by the U.S. Justice Department may block Ohio juvenile correction facilities from secluding offenders with mental illnesses. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order to limit the practice, and claims that the state has, “systematically violated substantive due process rights of boys with mental health disorders” at several juvenile correctional facilities, causing the offenders “real, irreparable harm.”

Q&A: Courthouse Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/19/2014)
Sillings Architects + Planners, based in Charleston, W.V., designed the Lewis County Judicial Annex in Weston, W.V., which debuted in August 2013. The new two-story judicial annex is one of several courthouse projects that Sillings completed in recent years.

Illinois’ Thomson Prison to Reopen


(03/19/2014)
After sitting empty for four years, the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) in northwest Illinois finally has an estimated reopening date.

Jacksonville Debuts Transitional Facility for Inmates


(03/19/2014)
A new facility that looks like a high school and apartment complex combined awaits Florida inmates just released from the state’s prison system.

Ohio Increases Prison Spending, Decreases Recidivism


(03/19/2014)
Increased staff and rehabilitative programs could soon be added to Ohio correctional facilities thanks to Gov. John Kasich’s mid-biennium budget.

Michigan Fines Aramark for Inconsistencies, Fraternization


(03/18/2014)
The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has fined Aramark more than $92,000, citing improper meal counts, unauthorized meal substitutions, improper relationships between inmates and Aramark employees and lax security. The company, which has 30 years of experience in correctional institutions, is contracted to provide meals to roughly 45,000 Michigan inmates.

DHS Finalizes Prison Rape Regulation Standards


(03/18/2014)
The Department of Homeland Security has finalized comprehensive Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards to detect, prevent, reduce and respond to sexual abuse and assault in DHS immigration facilities.

Construction Underway at Volusia County Correctional Facilities


(03/18/2014)
Renovation projects at the Volusia County Correctional Facility and the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach are underway.