Maine Seeks Input on Women’s Reentry Facility


(03/25/2015)
On March 28, the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) will host its final public information session concerning a proposed 72-bed women’s reentry facility in Windham. Though the facility will ease the state’s overcrowding and provide better services for female inmates, local outcry over the plan last month pushed department heads to increase project transparency.

Ala. to Add More Parole Officers and Reduce Certain Penalties


(03/25/2015)
The state of Alabama has recently proposed a prison bill reform regarding the addition of more parole officers within the prison system, as well as the reduction of jail time for small time criminals or petty thieves.

National Study Sheds Light on Inmate Health


(03/18/2015)
Roughly 40 percent of state and federal prisoners and jail inmates reported having a current chronic medical condition, according to the 2011-2012 National Inmate Survey released in January from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

New Coffee County Jail to Start Accepting Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2015)
A tentative move-in date for inmates to transfer to the nearly $20 million Coffee County Jail in Manchester is set for May 4. Construction crews are wrapping up interior concrete finishing work on the new jail while officials are moving items from the old jail.

Lucas County Resumes New Jail Planning


(03/11/2015)
Lucas County commissioners approved a contract with a consultant to resume preliminary work on the project almost four months after putting construction of the Toledo jail on hold. The commissioners unanimously approved in late February to enter into a contract with a consultants’ group to prepare requests for the bidding process to contract for construction management, architectural and engineering services.

Campbell County Detention Center Reaches Final Construction Phase

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/25/2015)
NEWPORT, Ky. — The Campbell County Detention Center in Newport is currently in the final phase of a four-phase construction project that started in 2005. This last phase includes renovations of the existing center, as well as additional medium-security beds and a new isolation wing that will be used to house inmates in a substance abuse program.

Florida Prison to Add 2-Megawatt Solar Array


(02/25/2015)
Power, natural gas and energy products retailer Constellation was awarded a Federal Bureau of Prisons contract on Feb. 19 to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) in Coleman, Fla.

Sheriff Ordered to Improve Wayne County Jail Buildings


(02/25/2015)
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny ordered Sheriff Benny Napoleon to start fixing up the Wayne County jail in Detroit, citing roaches, drain flies and other evidence of hygiene problems.

High Security Unit Opens at Rikers


(02/25/2015)
A new enhanced supervision housing unit opened within Rikers Island’s Otis Bantum Correctional Center in New York on Feb. 22.