California to Add 7,000 Correctional Officers Over Three Years


(12/10/2013)
Amid struggles to reduce an ever-growing prison population, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is now grappling with a correctional officer shortfall.

Los Angeles County May Cancel Taft Contract, Expand Mira Loma


(11/27/2013)
Los Angeles County has reached a tentative agreement to move more than 500 inmates to the Taft Community Correctional Facility near Bakersfield, Calif. Though three Los Angeles County supervisors initially approved the transfer of inmates to the Taft facility, Supervisor Gloria Molina has recently withdrawn her support.

Sundt Begins Second Phase of Pima County Court Facility

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/27/2013)
Sundt Construction Inc. transitioned into the second phase of construction on the Pima County Downtown Court Complex in Tucson in August. The county offered Sundt another contract after the company was contracted for the core and shell phase of the 290,000-square-foot facility, which was wrapped up in October.

New Jail, Courtrooms Could Solve Fresno Overcrowding Issue


(11/20/2013)
As jail populations continue to swell, Fresno County officials are considering two expansion options that may ease its stressed correctional system.

Corrections Summit: West, A Success in Sacramento


(11/20/2013)
Correctional News hosted the first Corrections Summit: West on Nov. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The event was designed to take attendees through the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operational process of a correctional facility through a series of presentations.

New Federal Courthouse Designed for the Public

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/20/2013)
Construction on the New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles officially began after more than a decade of planning. The U.S. General Services Administration awarded Bethesda, Md.-headquartered Clark Construction Group the design-build contract for the project in December 2012, and about 10 months ago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) beat out three other shortlisted architecture teams in a national design competition process to win the $318 million project.

Washington State Prisons Seek Expansion Funding


(11/13/2013)
In response to an upswing in prison inmate numbers, Washington state lawmakers have requested an additional $1.8 million be added to Gov. Jay Inslee’s December budget.

Ventura County Jail Doubles Solar Capacity


(10/30/2013)
On Oct. 3, Ventura County Todd Road Jail in Santa Paula celebrated the commissioning of a 1 MW solar energy system at its facility.

California Prison Population Deadline Extended Another Month

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/30/2013)
Earlier this month, federal judges gave California an additional month to reduce its prison population to the mandated population cap of 137.5 percent capacity, while negotiations continue.

Oregon’s Prison Population to Decline


(10/30/2013)
Oregon’s prison population is estimated to drop by more than 500 inmates over the next two years as sentencing changes and other reforms come into place, according to the state’s October Corrections Population Forecast released by the Office of Economic Analysis.