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.

CEA, JPay Join Forces for Education Initiative


(08/27/2014)
A recent partnership between the Correctional Education Association (CEA), based in Elkridge, Md., and correctional services firm JPay of Miami stands to significantly increase education opportunities for both adult and juvenile inmates, while at the same time easing the strain on the county’s prison system.

VADOC Acquires New Farm Equipment for Food Operations


(08/20/2014)
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) announced an agreement with John Deere & Company earlier this month to help enhance the department’s agribusiness operations.

Corizon Cancels Virginia Contract, Armor Steps In


(08/20/2014)
Corizon Health of Brentwood, Tenn. will terminate its contract with the Virginia Department of Corrections effective Sept. 30.

New Nova Scotia Facility to Replace Older Ones

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/13/2014)
The new Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (NNSCF), being built in Priestville, is on track for a fall completion. It will replace two older and smaller correctional facilities located in Antigonish and Amherst, which are both scheduled for decommissioning later this year, said Tim Carroll, superintendent of the new facility.