Eight California Prisons Earn ACA Accreditation


(08/27/2014)
Eight California prisons recently earned accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, the official accrediting body of the American Correctional Association, bringing the state’s total to 16 approved facilities.

California Inmates Sue State Over Valley Fever, Again


(08/20/2014)
A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Sacramento on July 14 against the state of California on behalf of 58 current and former inmates who contracted Valley fever while serving time in one of the state’s Central Valley prisons. The lawsuit accuses the state of knowing for years that the incurable disease was being spread throughout Central Valley prisons, but did nothing to address the problem, reported The Sacramento Bee.

California Curbs Pepper Spray Use, Physical Force


(08/13/2014)
Policies concerning the treatment of mentally ill inmates in California correctional facilities underwent significant changes on August 1.

Construction Begins on Kings County Jail Addition


(07/30/2014)
Construction on the Kings County jail addition in Hanford began on July 28. The 252-bed project is yet another California project being constructed to help relieve overcrowding as a result of prison realignment.

Santa Barbara Gets $38 Million for Reentry Facility


(07/29/2014)
Santa Barbara County was recently awarded a $38 million grant to build an inmate rehabilitation, recovery and re-entry facility adjacent to the county’s planned North County Jail on the outskirts of Santa Maria.

San Francisco Cuts Prison Call Costs


(07/09/2014)
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has amended its contract with the city’s jail telephone provider, Global Tel*Link, substantially lowering inmate call costs. The service provider accepted the new agreement in late June, and is now in the final year of its contract with the city, which ends May 31, 2015.

McKinstry Develops Plan for Grant County Courthouse

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/26/2014)
The Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata is in need of an upgrade. It is currently operating with cracks in the building and an inefficient heating and cooling system.

San Diego Breaks Ground on Courthouse


(06/26/2014)
San Diego broke ground in March on the new $555 million San Diego Central Courthouse — one of the most expensive public office building ever and the largest to be funded by California’s Senate Bill 1407.

Brown Extends Inmate Transfer Bill


(06/26/2014)
California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1512 into law on June 23, extending inter-county inmate transfers aimed at reducing overcrowding and early release.

San Diego Completes First Phase of SDCWDF

By Jessie Fetterling
(06/25/2014)
The $162 million Phase 1 portion of the new San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility (SDCWDF) in Santee will be completed on June 30, with the completion of the $60 million Phase 2 scheduled for Jan. 7, 2016.