Georgia Expands Educational Opportunities for Inmates

The state of Georgia is taking inmate education seriously. Building on the success of a pilot program that offered inmates at the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, Ga. the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas, correctional officials are now working to take the initiative statewide.

VADOC’s Step-Down Program Makes Serious Progress

The Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VADOC) Administrative Step-Down program, established in 2011, offers state inmates a way out of restrictive prison housing while also encouraging positive behaviors. When the program began, 511 offenders were housed in administrative segregation either for their protection or the protection of others; now just 160 offenders remain.

Lafayette Parish Adopts New Tracking Technology

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Lafayette recently began using a smartphone-based app to better track inmates sentenced to participate in a GPS tracking program.

St. Louis Mayor Unveils Prison Reform Program

By Jessie Fetterling
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay unveiled a pilot program on Sept. 8 that will help reform the city’s inmates. The program, From Prison to Prosperity, targets young adults in the city’s jail system by partnering the city’s correction division with St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) as well as getting support from local Ranken Technical College.

New Development in Wayne County Jail Project Saga

Circuit Judge Vonda Evans dismissed criminal charges that had been brought against a Wayne County, Mich. attorney in relation to the abandoned Wayne County Jail construction project in downtown Detroit.

CCA Acquires Four Residential Re-Entry Facilities

Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, announced on Aug. 31 that it has acquired four community corrections facilities for approximately $13.5 million.

Hall County to Debut New Correctional Facility

A new home for the Hall County Correctional Institute is scheduled to debut in November. Plans for a new facility have been in the works for about five years now, and construction finally started in March 2014.

U.S. Facilities May Soon House Guantanamo Detainees

Secure government facilities in Kansas and South Carolina could soon be used to house Guantanamo Bay detainees as part of President Obama’s effort to shutter the Cuban detention complex.

Prison Ecology Project Addresses Environmental Issues in Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
The Prison Ecology Project was formed earlier this year in order to address the problems that arise when prisons negatively impact the environment. Not only can inmates face possible health and safety risks, but the land and surrounding communities can be impacted as well.

Precast Cells Installed at Flagler County Facility

By Lindsey Coulter
Construction on Flagler County’s new inmate housing facility, located in Bunnell, reached a significant milestone earlier this month as crews began the installation of 86 new prefabricated cells. The installation marks the jail expansion’s halfway point and the end of the first of two phases of construction.