Vermont Prison Becomes a Sustainability Leader


(10/01/2014)
Vermont’s Northwest State Corrections Facility has reached full compliance with the state’s new Universal Recycling of Solid Waste law nearly a year ahead of schedule. The Northwest State Correctional Facility met compliance on Sept. 17, and joins Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in diverting these materials.

Vermont DOC Seeks Out-of-State Contractor


(10/01/2014)
The Vermont Department of Corrections is looking for a new out-of-state contractor to house about 500 inmates that Vermont does not have the capacity to hold.

November AAJ Conference Focuses on Social Justice


(10/01/2014)
The 2014 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice’s national conference, held November 5-7 in St. Louis, will focus on architecture for social justice, highlighting a growing trend in the correctional design community.

Report Investigates Pennsylvania Prison’s Proximity to Coal Operations


(09/24/2014)
The Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association will conduct a health survey of present and former members working at State Correctional Institution – Fayette (SCI Fayette) in La Belle as well as three other prisons built near coal ash disposal or coal mining operations in the state.

Florida Gets Tough on Inmate Abuse


(09/17/2014)
More than a dozen employees of the Florida Department of Corrections have been fired following a crack down on employee misconduct. The department announced 13 officers, sergeants and other prison staff have been dismissed for separate incidents of inmate abuse at the Lancaster Correctional Institution in Trenton and the Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley. Two additional offers were dismissed for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Senators Urge BOP to Start Danbury Project


(09/17/2014)
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is under public scrutiny after delaying the construction of a new prison for women in Danbury. U.S. senators from the Northeast urged the BOP in a letter to get the project back on schedule so women in the Danbury prison complex can be close to their children, as well as have the opportunity to participate in drug rehabilitation and job training programs.

Ontario County Jail Population Declines


(09/17/2014)
A recent drop in the number of inmates at the Ontario County Jail is good news for county officials, who have been debating whether or not to undergo a costly jail expansion.

N.H. Finally Breaks Ground on Women’s Prison


(09/03/2014)
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Aug. 18 for New Hampshire’s first permanent, all-inclusive women’s prison located in Concord.

Baltimore Installs Technology to Prohibit Cell Phone Access


(09/03/2014)
A new technology installed at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) will crack down on contraband cell phone use at the facility.

Kitchen Upgrades Improve Wilmington Institution’s Dining Process

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/27/2014)
The Delaware Department of Correction unveiled the new 32,000-square-foot kitchen at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington earlier this month. While the kitchen still requires some last-minute touches and health-code approvals, it will be ready to cook the approximately 5,100 meals a day required by the institution in the next month or two.