Prison Reform Bill Introduced in Colorado


(04/09/2014)
A new prison reform bill has been introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives that would potentially improve reentry reintegration and initiatives for adult offenders. The bill was co-sponsored by Republic Representative Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs and Daniel Kagan, a Democrat from Denver.

Porterville Courthouse Debuts Innovative Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2014)
The new South Justice Center for the Superior Court of Tulare County debuted last year on an approximately seven-acre site, which was formerly the Porterville Fairgrounds and Municipal Ballpark. The 96,000-square-foot facility brings the county the space and amenities it needs to be on par with other court facilities in the state.

California Judges Rule on Inmate Health Care Suit


(03/11/2014)
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an inmate who sued the state for damages for denial of health care.

Bike Trail Offers Folsom Correctional Officers an Alternative Commute


(03/05/2014)
Johnny Cash will leave his mark on Folsom State Prison yet again when the Johnny Cash Trail opens near the prison referenced in Cash’s famous 1955 song “Folsom Prison Blues.” A groundbreaking ceremony for the bike trail was held last week.

Tribe Dedicates New Public Safety Complex


(02/26/2014)
On Feb. 21 the Nisqually Indian Tribe dedicated a new, culturally sensitive public safety complex on the Nisqually Reservation.

Court Gives California Two Years to Lower Prison Population


(02/26/2014)
On Feb. 10, a three-judge panel approved the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s proposal for a two-year extension to Feb. 28, 2016 to reduce the state’s prison population to 137.5 percent capacity.

Stanislaus County Jail Closes Inmate Work Quarters

By Jessie Fetterling
(02/12/2014)
A recent staffing shortage in the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department is causing the early release of prisoners and several closures, resulting in less bed capacity available in the county. About 60 prisoners were released in the past week as officials prepared for temporary closure of the inmate work quarters at the downtown Modesto jail, Capt. Bill Duncan told The Modesto Bee.

Two Arizona Communities Consider Joint Jail


(02/12/2014)
A new partnership between the Gilbert Police Department and Chandler Police Department could potentially result in thousands in annual savings for each community.

Adelanto Detention Center to Debut Over Budget

By Jessie Fetterling
(01/29/2014)
The grand opening of the Adelanto Detention Center expansion project is scheduled for Feb. 6 and will debut the additional 1,392 beds being added to the existing 706-bed Adelanto facility.

Lake County Awarded $20 Million in State Funding


(01/29/2014)
The state of California awarded $20 million in construction funding to Lake County for upgrades to the Hill Road Correctional Facility.