California Corrections Budget Continues to Increase


(01/27/2016)
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


(01/19/2016)
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


(12/30/2015)
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


(12/23/2015)
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


(12/15/2015)
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
(11/24/2015)
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
 

Report Highlights Proposition 47 Progress


(11/12/2015)
The Stanford Law School Stanford Justice Advocacy Project recently released the Proposition 47 Progress Report highlighting the progress made since the proposition’s enactment in November 2014.
 

FuelCell to Help Power Santa Rita Jail


(11/04/2015)
A 1.4-megawatt fuel cell plant will soon provide the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin with both heat and power. The facility recently signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with FuelCell Energy — a Danbury, Conn.-based designer, manufacturer, operator and servicer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants — which includes commissioning the new fuel cell plant in late 2016.
 

Alameda County’s New Courthouse to Open in 2017

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/08/2015)
A topping out ceremony was held on Sept. 18 for the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin. The ceremony marked 40 percent completion for the building, which broke ground in September 2014 and is on pace to open in early 2017.
 

Audit Finds NDPS Built Oversized, Overpriced Jails


(10/08/2015)
A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit reported released in late September that the Navajo Nation in Window Rock spent $30 million more than necessary to build two oversized jails.