Shasta County Courthouse Project Faces Delays

The fate of a new six-story Shasta County Courthouse in Redding, which was originally scheduled to open in 2020, is currently up in the air, as court projects throughout California are facing delays.

Santa Barbara County Jail Project Awaits State Approval

Now that the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors awarded construction contracts in early July for the Northern Branch jail in Santa Maria, final state approval is required before continuing with plans to build the facility.

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

By Jessie Fetterling
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

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
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

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
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

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

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

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.