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.
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.”
Dutchess County legislators voted 19-6 on March 22 to move forward with a $192 million bond to fund a jail and sheriff’s office construction project, one of the largest capital projects in recent history for the county.
U.S. Rep. Hall Rogers’ office released a statement in late February that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) plans to use $444 million in federal money to construct a new federal prison on a 700-acre site in Roxana, although opponents could still block the project and the BOP has yet to release a final decision about the project.
In late February, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced the introduction of the Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative Act. The new legislation will provide for the construction of four modern and more efficient prison facilities for both male and female offenders.