Riverside County Jail Construction Delayed

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the 1,626-bed East County Detention Center (ECDC) in Indio is currently awaiting final approval from the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, which has had the jail plans since early last year.

Kings County Courthouse Scheduled for Late 2015 Completion

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the new 144,000-square-foot Kings County Courthouse in Hanford is well underway, with a current expected completion date of late 2015. The design of the $86 million facility will address security and overcrowding issues that the county has faced for years. It is also designed to achieve LEED Silver, making it an energy-efficient investment for the state and county.

Oregon DOC Honored for Sustainability Efforts

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) recently received two awards for its commitment to sustainability.

Orange County Considers Bail Changes

Orange County officials are considering a pilot program that would integrate evidence-based risk assessment into the county’s bail setting practices.

Arizona Addresses Prison Crowding with $50 Million Facility

After allowing media outlets to tour the state’s new $50 million prison in early November, the Arizona Department of Corrections has officially opened the new section of the Lewis Prison Complex in Buckeye.

Adelanto Likely to Add Two New Prisons

Though Californians just passed Proposition 47, which is in part intended to reduce prison crowding, the community of Adelanto, Calif., is embracing more correctional construction.

Prop 47 Passes in California, Reclassifies Offenses

A California state proposition that reclassified six felony offenses as misdemeanors passed on Nov. 4 with a 58 percent vote, and now has public defender and defense attorney lines ringing off the hook.

Franklin County Upgrades Justice Center

The Franklin County Justice Center in Pasco recently completed a 56,000-square-foot addition and major renovations to its existing space. Inmates were moved into the new wing in April, while the project team worked on the renovations, which were completed earlier this fall.

Tablets Expand Inmate Access to Education

American Prison Data Systems recently announced a partnership with the San Francisco Sheriff and Probation Departments to deploy more than 100 tablet devices across four facilities in the city’s jail and probation system.

California Prisons to End Forced Sterilization

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill prohibiting forced or coerced sterilization in all state prisons. The bill, SB 1135, was a response to a 2013 Center for Investigative Reporting report that stated unlawful and coercive sterilization procedures had been performed on female inmates in two state prisons as recently as 2010.