Long Beach Courthouse Named Best Public Project


(05/21/2014)
The project team that designed the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach earned the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Award for the 2014 Best Public Project earlier this year. The project team consisted of Los Angeles-headquartered AECOM as the architect-engineer of record; Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Clark Design/Build of California as the design-builder; and locally based Long Beach Judicial Partners (LBJP) as the developer.

CDCR Chooses R.J. Donovan Facility Project Team


(05/21/2014)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently chose Tempe, Ariz.-headquartered Sundt Construction and joint-venture partner Layton Construction, with offices in Phoenix, as the design-build contractor for the new housing facility at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Complex located near San Diego.

Opponents Rally Against California Jail Expansion


(05/21/2014)
Following the May 13 release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised state budget, advocacy groups are speaking out against Brown’s plan to funnel $500 million into jail expansion.

Stanton Correctional Facility Prepares for July Debut

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/14/2014)
The new 127,800-square-foot Stanton Correctional Facility in Fairfield will debut in July, about two years after construction broke ground. The 362-bed maximum security adult detention facility is one of the first group of projects to be financed by the State AB 900 funding, which approved $1.2 billion in jail construction funding due to overcrowding and realignment issues.

L.A. County Considers Expansive Jail Plans


(05/07/2014)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on May 6 to replace the county’s primary correctional facility with a new two-tower structure. The future 4,860-bed Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) will replace the larger, though rapidly deteriorating, Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), which has long been a target for human rights groups and inmate advocates.

Q&A: First SB 81 Facility Built Weighs in a Year Later

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/07/2014)
The Stanislaus County Juvenile Commitment Facility opened almost a year ago in early June as the first juvenile facility built since the passage of SB 81, also known as the Juvenile Justice Realignment bill. The $16.2 million, 47,207-square-foot facility houses a 30-bed and 15-bed unit for boys and a 15-bed housing unit for girls. It features classrooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, visitation area, full-service kitchen, culinary instructional classroom, program rooms and a secure recreation yard.

Shasta County’s New Juvenile Facility Promotes Rehabilitation

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/30/2014)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Shasta County Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility was held last November. The 44,627-square-foot facility was designed as a replacement facility for the county, which lacked the space needed to rehabilitate incarcerated youth.

Prison Reform Bill Introduced in Colorado


(04/09/2014)
A new prison reform bill has been introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives that would potentially improve reentry reintegration and initiatives for adult offenders. The bill was co-sponsored by Republic Representative Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs and Daniel Kagan, a Democrat from Denver.

Porterville Courthouse Debuts Innovative Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2014)
The new South Justice Center for the Superior Court of Tulare County debuted last year on an approximately seven-acre site, which was formerly the Porterville Fairgrounds and Municipal Ballpark. The 96,000-square-foot facility brings the county the space and amenities it needs to be on par with other court facilities in the state.

California Judges Rule on Inmate Health Care Suit


(03/11/2014)
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an inmate who sued the state for damages for denial of health care.