California’s 2016-17 Budget Includes $270 Million for Jail Construction

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/06/2016)
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s 2016-17 budget approved by state lawmakers on June 27. The about $170 billion budget includes an additional $270 million for jail construction, despite the fact that Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees rejected this funding in May.
 

Graham County Breaks Ground on New Jail


(07/06/2016)
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking of a new adult detention facility for Graham County on June 22, although construction didn’t officially start until July 6.
 

Facility of the Month: Going for Gold

By Ahavah Revis
(06/22/2016)
The 257,000-square-foot, $165 million Maple Street Correctional Center (MSCC) in Redwood City, Calif., is a model for corrections with compassion, with sizable space for inmate programs, natural light and ventilation, artwork, top-notch staff amenities and significant sustainability features. Aiming for LEED Gold, the 576-bed facility delivers an innovative approach to how inmates can serve out their sentences while bettering themselves through programs, which could ultimately help to reduce recidivism.
 

San Diego Grand Jury Critiques Adult Correctional Facilities


(06/09/2016)
San Diego jails could be doing more to support inmate education and successful reentry, according to a new report released June 1. Authored by a San Diego County Grand Jury tasked with reviewing correctional facilities and operations, the report highlights multiple areas within the county’s seven adult detention facilities requiring improvement.
 

San Luis Obispo to Debut Juvenile Hall Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/25/2016)
The current San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall can hold 45 minors, both male and female, but it lacks the adequate space for classrooms counseling areas and recreational areas. That’s why an expansion project is currently underway, adding new secure juvenile detention facilities that increase the existing facility’s capacity and provide improved youth programs and staff services.
 

California Senate Committee Rejects $250 Million Jail Construction Proposal


(05/25/2016)
The California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety voted last Wednesday to reject the additional $250 million for county jail construction that Governor Jerry Brown proposed in his revised budget proposal.
 

CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice Marks Anniversaries of Key Facilities


(05/18/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently marked the 25th anniversary of the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility and the 50th anniversary of the O.H. Close School for Boys (now O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility), both located in Stockton.
 

Crook County Report Shows New Jail Required


(05/18/2016)
Crook County’s Public Safety Advisory Committee presented conclusions from a report in late April that showed several convicted offenders in the county are currently free because of limited jail space in Prineville, and, therefore, building a new jail is the only solution to overcrowding.
 

Tulare County to Break Ground on New Detention Facility


(05/10/2016)
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors awarded a $52.4 million contract to San Fernando, Calif.-based Bernards Bros. Inc. to build the new 510-bed South County Detention Facility in Porterville. DLR Group Inc. and Vanir Construction Management Inc. have already been hired to help with the project — both of which have offices in Sacramento, Calif.
 

CDCR Dedicates New Mule Creek State Prison Housing Facilities


(05/03/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently dedicated two new housing facilities at Mule Creek State Prison, located in Ione in Amador County.