Maine Jails Face Funding Shortages, Overcrowding

A law that was intended to address funding and overcrowding issues in Maine county jails continues to plague the state. The law initially received broad support as it was intended to place county jails back under local control, eliminating the Maine Board of Corrections.

Rowan County to Build New Jail

Plans are underway for the new detention center that the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) authorized Rowan County to build in 2014. Frankfort, Ky.-based DLZ, the project architect, presented a design scheme to the Rowan Fiscal Court for a 292-bed jail in late August. Vanceburg, Ky.-based Trace Creek Construction is serving as the construction manager on the project.

Orange County, N.C. Plans Sustainable Jail

Orange County recently selected Moseley Architects of Charlotte, N.C., to design the new Orange County Detention Facility. The new jail aims to improve both energy efficiency and mental health care for inmates.

Demolition Work Starts on New Fairfield County Jail

Demolition began on the King’s Furniture building in Lancaster earlier this month in preparation for the new Fairfield County Jail to be built by Lansing, Mich.-based Granger Construction Company.

Georgia Expands Educational Opportunities for Inmates

The state of Georgia is taking inmate education seriously. Building on the success of a pilot program that offered inmates at the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, Ga. the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas, correctional officials are now working to take the initiative statewide.

VADOC’s Step-Down Program Makes Serious Progress

The Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VADOC) Administrative Step-Down program, established in 2011, offers state inmates a way out of restrictive prison housing while also encouraging positive behaviors. When the program began, 511 offenders were housed in administrative segregation either for their protection or the protection of others; now just 160 offenders remain.

Lafayette Parish Adopts New Tracking Technology

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in Lafayette recently began using a smartphone-based app to better track inmates sentenced to participate in a GPS tracking program.

St. Louis Mayor Unveils Prison Reform Program

By Jessie Fetterling
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay unveiled a pilot program on Sept. 8 that will help reform the city’s inmates. The program, From Prison to Prosperity, targets young adults in the city’s jail system by partnering the city’s correction division with St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) as well as getting support from local Ranken Technical College.

New Development in Wayne County Jail Project Saga

Circuit Judge Vonda Evans dismissed criminal charges that had been brought against a Wayne County, Mich. attorney in relation to the abandoned Wayne County Jail construction project in downtown Detroit.

CCA Acquires Four Residential Re-Entry Facilities

Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest owner of partnership correctional and detention facilities, announced on Aug. 31 that it has acquired four community corrections facilities for approximately $13.5 million.