Jefferson Davis Parish to Triple Jail Capacity with New Facility


(06/28/2016)
Jefferson Davis Parish, La., correctional officials will host an official groundbreaking ceremony for the parish’s soon-to-be-constructed jail on June 30.
 

Study Links Drop in Crime to Reduced Incarceration


(06/22/2016)
In contrast to arguments that increased incarceration is necessary to reduce crime, a new study released June 7 by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law claims otherwise. The study examined data from all 50 states on imprisonment and crime from 2006, (as authors note bipartisan criminal justice reforms generally began around 2007) through 2014, the most recent year for which complete data is available.
 

West Virginia Governor Signs Budget to Fund Inmate Education


(06/22/2016)
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed a 2016-17 fiscal year state budget on June 17 that will fund the adult inmate education programs that lawmakers had previously tried to eliminate.
 

Construction Begins on Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex


(06/22/2016)
Lafourche Parish, La., officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the soon-to-be-constructed $30 million, 134,000-square-foot Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on June 18. The facility is slated to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
 

Seneca County to Build Joint Justice Center

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/09/2016)
This fall, construction will begin on the new Seneca County Joint Justice Center in Tiffin. A first of its kind in Ohio, the approximately $14.4 million courts facility will serve both the city and county, housing the city of Tiffin’s Municipal Court and Clerk of the Courts as well as the county’s Common Pleas Court, Clerk of the Courts and Probation Department.
 

Bedford County Weighs Out New Jail Options


(06/09/2016)
Plans for a new Bedford County Jail in Shelbyville continue to develop, as a five-member Courthouse and Property Committee (made up of some Bedford County Commission members) recommended the construction of a 400-bed justice center to replace the outdated facility at a recent May 26 meeting.
 

Metro-Davidson Criminal Justice Center to Begin Construction


(06/08/2016)
Construction on the new Metro-Davidson Criminal Justice Center is scheduled to start soon after the design phase is completed in July. Initial work would include demolition of the old jail located on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville.
 

North Carolina Policy Seeks to Decrease Prison Suicide Rates


(06/08/2016)
Prompted by a rash of recent inmate suicides, North Carolina correctional officials published new policies and procedures on June 1 intended to prevent inmate attempts at self-harm.
 

Orange County Jail Inmates Graduate from Construction Class


(06/08/2016)
A second batch of inmate students to take the new construction class offered by Valencia College at the Orange County Jail in Orlando graduated on June 3. The college covered the $2,510 cost per person for the first class, which finished in April, and the jail paid for this second class.
 

Ohio Announces Prison Farms Closures, Union Files Injunction

By Lindsey Coulter
(05/25/2016)
Ten prison farms across Ohio may soon close as part of a state plan to sell the properties and devote the proceeds to inmate employment and rehabilitation programs, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr told the Associated Press last month. The move to close the facilities and liquidate all assets prompted the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) to seek an injunction.