Construction on the Putnam County Jail in Palatka is finally scheduled to begin in early January 2015, about five years after RQAW was hired to conduct a physical assessment of the jail to see what kind of upgrades needed to be made.
Ever since the Earl K. Long (EKL) Medical Center closed in Baton Rouge in April 2013, a growing portion of inmates with mental illness or substance abuse problems have been taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Construction on the new Forsyth County Justice Center in Cummings is currently on track to debut this spring. The design includes a five-story courthouse and adjacent jail, both of which are being built to enhance security as well as be flexible for expansion.
After two years and a flurry of controversies, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews will resign at the end of the month. Following the resignation announcement, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Tim Cannon, a more than 20-year veteran of the department and its current deputy secretary, to serve as interim secretary.