Justice Department to Tackle Recidivism, Promote Rehabilitation


(12/07/2016)
On Nov. 30, the Washington-based Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a series of reforms at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designed to reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood of inmates’ safe and successful return to the community. These efforts include building a semi-autonomous school district within the federal prison system, reforming federal halfway houses, covering the cost of obtaining state-issued photo IDs for federal inmates prior to their release and providing additional services for female inmates, according to a statement by the DOJ.
 

Prison Reform Law Helps South Carolina Save Almost $500 Million


(12/07/2016)
South Carolina is proving that prison reform can really help taxpayers save.
 

Innovation & the City Report Highlights Cities That Reduce Recidivism


(11/29/2016)
With support from the Citi Foundation, New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner) and the Center for an Urban Future (both located in New York), a report was released, titled Innovation and the City, in November that highlights 15 bold urban policies that are helping change government innovation across the globe.
 

Bureau of Prisons Renews CoreCivic Contract at Georgia Prison


(11/16/2016)
Despite an August memo from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) instructing the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to begin phasing out contracts with private prison operators, CoreCivic of Nashville, Tenn., formerly the Corrections Corporation of America, announced Nov. 15 that the BOP exercised a two-year renewal option at the 1,978-bed, company-owned McRae Correctional Facility in McRae.
 

Pennsylvania’s New Prison to Open a Year Behind Schedule


(11/16/2016)
Construction on the State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Skippack Township continues and will now open more than a year behind schedule. The 1.06 million-square-foot facility will replace the 1920s Graterford complex nearby and serve as the main detention center for Philadelphia-area inmates. The project goal is to get the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) into a modern, multi-use correctional facility that will allow the department to continue to carry out its mission and provide a safe and secure facility for the staff and inmates.
 

Private-Prison Market Sees Surge in Stock Prices


(11/16/2016)
The private-prison market has seen a major surge in stock prices since Donald Trump won the presidential election last week.
 

Ohio Community Breaks Ground on Jail Construction Project


(11/08/2016)
A new 21st century jail will soon replace its 19th century predecessor in Woodsfield, located in Monroe County.
 

FCI Danbury’s Tails of Justice Program Helps with Rehabilitation


(11/08/2016)
Inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury (FCI Danbury) have proved, yet again, that a dog really is man’s best friend.
 

ICE May House Undocumented Immigrants in Private Prisons


(10/26/2016)
Private detention facilities in Ohio, New Mexico and Texas may soon be used to house undocumented immigrants, despite an announcement by the Washington-based U.S. Justice Department in August to phase out its use of private prisons. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is currently seeking to house approximately 5,000 additional undocumented individuals, as the movement of immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.
 

Pierce County Jail on Track for Spring 2017 Opening


(10/26/2016)
Construction on the new Pierce County Jail & Sheriff’s Department in Ellsworth is well underway after a groundbreaking ceremony took place in March. Scheduled for an opening next summer, the project is currently within budget and has yet to face any weather or other unnecessary delays, reported River Falls Journal.