Dorchester County Jail to Open Four Months Ahead of Schedule

By Lindsey Coulter
Time and money are two of the biggest obstacles to building new county jail facilities. However, the new 80,500-square-foot Dorchester County Detention Center in South Carolina, is on track for completion an impressive four months ahead of schedule, and rings in at a modest $19.1 million including site work.

CCA Acquires Avalon Correctional Services

Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest private prisons operator, grew on Oct. 29 when it announced the purchase of Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Avalon Correctional Services Inc., a privately held company that provides residential reintegration programming to help residents return to their communities.

Lean Construction Speeds Up Effingham County Jail Construction

Savannah, Ga.-based Rives E. Worrell Co., a JE Dunn Construction Company, completed the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in Springfield in June 2014. The design-build project included a new, 204-bed county jail with kitchen and laundry resources as well as booking and administrative facilities for Effingham County.

Obama Promotes Rehabilitation, Reintegration for Formerly Incarcerated

On Nov. 2, President Obama announced new actions aimed at helping the more than 600,000 formerly incarcerated individuals released from state and federal prisons each year rehabilitate and reintegrate back into their communities.

Q&A: Studio 8 Design Finalizes Georgia Correctional Institute

Hall County Correctional Institute is scheduled to debut later this year, about 1.5 years after construction began. The new facility will replace the about 60-year-old outdated correctional institute, which was originally built in 1963.

Livingston County Jail Expansion Project Nears Milestone

The first phase of construction on the expansion of the Livingston County Jail is now just days away from completion, and is anticipated to open in late November.

FCC Aims to Revamp Prison Phone Fee Structures

The heads of four leading prison phone providers are speaking out against new federal rules that would cap inmate phone call rates. In a joint statement to the Washington-based Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the companies claimed the regulatory changes would have “devastating” effects on their operations.

Michigan DOC Transfers Inmates to Former Hiawatha Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
About 1,200 inmates were transferred on Oct. 19 from the old Kinross Correctional Facility to the former Hiawatha Correctional Facility in Kincheloe. The Hiawatha facility underwent $8.9 million in renovations ever since the Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) decided to make the transfer in early 2015 and has since been renamed the Kinross Correctional Facility.

Bard Prison Initiative Helps Inmates Beat Harvard Debate Team

Three inmates at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch won a debate against three undergraduates from Harvard College in mid-September.

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.