Justice Department to End Use of Private Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/23/2016)
Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates instructed in a memo last week for Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or substantially reduce the contracts scope, according to The Washington Post. The ultimate goal is to end the use of privately operated prisons, she wrote.
 

Women Now Being Incarcerated at Higher Rate Than Men, Study Shows


(08/23/2016)
More and more women are being held in local jails, and the disadvantages which in many cases contributed to their incarceration — such as trauma, behavioral and physical health needs, single-parenthood and poverty — are often exacerbated while in custody, according to a new report released Aug. 17 from the Washington-based Vera Institute of Justice.
 

Virginia DOC Earns STAR Award for Prison College Credit Program


(08/23/2016)
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) received the State Transformation in Action (STAR) Award for its educational program that allows detainees in Virginia’s prisons to be eligible for college credit after taking any of the five career and technical education (CTE) courses recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT).
 

Saginaw Sheriff Proposes Moving Jail to Shuttered Auto Factory


(08/23/2016)
Two months after Saginaw County commissioners heard a proposal to replace the county’s aging jail with a new facility on county-owned property, Sheriff William Federspiel is advocating for moving the jail to a now-shuttered automotive plant.
 

National Survey Measures Prison Health Care Delivery


(08/10/2016)
Findings of a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington, discovered that prison health care services in many states have prioritized mental health screenings and long-term medical care for inmates. The study, developed and conducted by the CDC in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, also based in Washington, focused on services provided by state prisons in 2011.
 

Alabama Settles Lawsuit to Accommodate Inmates with Disabilities


(08/10/2016)
In early July, Alabama settled a lawsuit to make changes to accommodate inmates with disabilities at aging state prisons.
 

Virginia Task Force Publishes Juvenile Hall Design Recommendations


(08/10/2016)
An interim report authored by Virginia’s Juvenile Correctional Center Task Force based in Richmond calls for smaller facilities designed with an increased emphasis on rehabilitation. The report specifically addresses the design and construction of a new juvenile correctional center in Chesapeake.
 

Construction Begins on Lake County Courthouse Tower


(08/10/2016)
In June, construction began on the second phase of the $110 million Lake County Courthouse complex expansion project in Waukegan. The eight-story, 200,000-square-foot criminal courts building will include 12 courtrooms and connect to the current courthouse via an overhead walkway, reported the Chicago Tribune. There will be a holding room on each floor adjacent to the courtrooms, which the current courthouse does not include.
 

Construction Breaks Ground on Rowan County Jail


(08/10/2016)
Rowan County broke ground on a new $20.7 million detention center on July 18, about two years after the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) authorized the county to move forward with the building project.
 

New Mexico Prison Closure to Impact 300 Workers


(08/10/2016)
The upcoming closure of the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan is set to relocate approximately 1,200 inmates to other facilities and leave some 300 employees without work.