Tulare County to Break Ground on New Detention Facility

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

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.

SF County Jails to Replace Security Systems

Although San Francisco decided to turn down SB 863 jail funding and not move forward with a $380 million to plan to replace the city’s aging jails in the Hall of Justice, its current jails still face severe issues with regard to security.

Progress Continues on Skagit County Jail, a 2016 Project to Watch

By Lindsey Coulter
Work on the Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon began in November 2015, much to the relief of jail staff. The county had been in need of new correctional facilities for more than a decade and regularly was forced to accommodate more than twice the 83 inmates for which it was originally rated. Once complete, the jail will contain 400 beds throughout both housing pods and dormitories, medical and dental care facilities, and a courtroom. It will also be built with ample space to expand to 800 beds in the future.

Hoquiam Jail Project Now Welcomes Larger Inmate Capacity

A recently completed expansion of the Hoquiam Jail in Hoquiam will soon pay for itself, as reported by The Daily World.

San Luis Obispo Women’s Jail to Debut March 2017

Construction on the much-anticipated San Luis Obispo County women’s jail broke ground in February 2014 and is well underway for a March 2017 opening. Discussions about the jail began as far back as 1999 when a grand jury report highlighted overcrowding at the county’s current jail, according to The Tribune.

CDCR Regains Health Care Control at Second Prison

By Jessie Fetterling
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regained responsibility for providing medical care at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad in early March. This marks the second state prison that the CDCR regained medical care responsibilities for after a decade of federal control.

San Francisco Turns Down SB 863 Jail Funding

San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy on March 23 notified the California Board of State and Community Corrections to rescind the City and County of San Francisco’s earlier request for $80 million in SB 863 funding. The written notification, directed to the board’s Deputy Director of County Facilities Construction Magi Work, also included a request to withdraw a 180-day extension of the deadline to submit a final proposal. The funding was originally intended for a project to replace the city and county’s aging jail facility.

Suit Claims Jail Renovations Put Inmate, Employee Health at Risk

Citing a number of dangerous health impacts from blurred vision to chronic nosebleeds, inmates at the Santa Fe County Jail allege in a new lawsuit that their health was repeatedly put at risk during ongoing jail improvement and renovation projects in 2014.

Pitkin County Jail to Install Digital Cameras, Become ADA Compliant

Not only is the Pitkin County Jail in Aspen being constructed to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but the project will also involve installing new digital cameras to replace a system that is more than a decade old.