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.

New San Mateo Jail to See First Inmates March 19

San Mateo County’s new $165 million jail facility, the Maple Street Correctional Facility, will soon be open for business.

Yakima County Jail to House Mentally Ill Inmates

After sitting empty for almost five years, the Yakima County jail in March will start housing inmates being treated for mental illness.

Napa County Officials Seek Support for New Jail Construction

Approximately 18 months after the August 2014 earthquake that rocked Napa County, damaging hundreds of local buildings, county correctional officials are now urging local residents to support a bond measure that would help fund the construction of a new facility. Speaking with a local CBS affiliate in May 2015, Napa County Corrections Administrative Manager Brett Prebula explained that, while the jail appeared stable from the outside, the building actually sustained significant internal damage during the 6.0 magnitude quake and would need to be entirely rebuilt.

California Corrections Budget Continues to Increase

In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a plan, titled “The Future of California Corrections,” that detailed how the state government was going to change the state’s prison system. Not only did the plan meet a court mandate to reduce prison overcrowding, but it said it would help improve criminal sentencing and save billions of dollars.

Shasta County Jail to Open New Sobering Cell

Construction on a 90-square-foot sobering cell was recently completed on Dec. 29 at the Shasta County Jail in Redding.

Contractor Selected for Oren R. Fox Detention Center in California

Work on the future medium-security Oren R. Fox Detention Facility in El Centro is inching closer to commencement.

SF Board of Supervisors Votes Against New Jail

The state of California awarded $80 million to San Francisco out of the $500 million in revenue bonds the state issued through Senate Bill 863 to help expand jails after a federal court order to reduce prison populations. While some San Francisco officials, such as Mayor Ed Lee, were hoping to use the money to build a new $240 million jail, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against it, calling for better investments in mental health services and rehabilitative programs instead.

Riverside County Denied More State Funding

A past award to expand the Indio jail stopped Riverside County’s effort to attain $80 million more in state funding this year to renovate the 1,520-bed Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Skagit County Breaks Ground on New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
In need of new facilities for more than a decade, Skagit County finally broke ground on a new jail in mid-November. The county outgrew the existing facility, which opened in 1984 with a capacity of 83 inmates and state funding for 73. The current population is about 2.5 times that, with a daily average of 188 inmates, according to the county website. It is a popular remote design, with housing pods clustered around one or more control rooms, where staff can operate the facility doors and observe inmat