Yolo County Plans for Detention Center Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/01/2015)
Plans are underway for the expansion and update of Yolo County’s Monroe Detention Center in Woodland. San Francisco-based Lionakis is serving as the architect on the project, and several drafts have already been designed.

Grand Jury Report Finds Monterey County Jail Highly Problematic


(07/01/2015)
A recent report issued by the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury has identified “numerous problems, many of them serious” within the Monterey County Jail located in Salinas, Calif.

LA County Officials Delay Jail Plan


(07/01/2015)
The Los Angeles County Jail Plan — a major effort to replace the Men’s Central Jail with the Consolidated Correctional Treatment Center and to renovate the Mira Loma Detention Facility — was delayed on June 9.

Napa Co. Jail Faces Long Road to Recovery


(05/19/2015)
Nearly nine months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now estimating the impacted local jail will not reopen until mid 2016.

Mesa County Upgrades Offender Management


(05/19/2015)
Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD), located in Colorado’s Mesa County, recently modernized its offender management system, using the cloud to improve oversight.

California Funds Prison Rehab Programs


(05/12/2015)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) earlier this month awarded a number of one-time grants aimed at expanding rehabilitative programs in the state’s prisons.

Kern County Justice Facility Closer to Construction

By Lindsey Coulter
(05/06/2015)
Work on the new $100.5 million Kern County Justice Facility in Bakersfield is on track to begin in August 2015. This first phase of construction is scheduled to wrap up by June 2017, and is being built with the aid of the state’s AB 900 funding allocation.

Los Angeles Predicts Big Spending, Including Prison Funding


(05/06/2015)
Los Angeles County is hoping to spend at least a hefty $100 million alone on resolving the ongoing issues in the county involving health care and mainly prisons.

Mendocino County Seeks Post-Realignment Funding

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/15/2015)
County jails will be competing for the about $500 million from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-2016 budget proposal allotted to the latest round of facilities funding to help offset the effects of California realignment, aka AB 109. Although the state has provided about $1.7 billion for new jail construction — $1.2 billion from AB 900 and $500 million from SB 1022 — since AB 109 was passed in 2011, not all of the counties needing help have received jail construction funding. One of those counties is Mendocino County in Northern California.

California to Provide Counseling to Mentally Ill Inmates


(04/08/2015)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced recently that mentally ill inmates in the state’s prison system will now receive more humane treatment. The state filed a new policy earlier this month to allow mentally ill inmates to participate in counseling after an incident as opposed to receiving extended sentences or being sent directly to isolation cells.