Utah lawmakers on Aug. 19 officially selected a new location for the Utah State Prison. The state’s House and Senate confirmed that the new facility will be built on a site near Interstate 80 just west of the Salt Lake City International Airport by 62-12 and 21-7 votes respectively. Gov. Gary Herbert has also signed off on the plan, which will unfold over the next several years as the state proceeds with purchasing the site and completing the design process.
On Aug. 11, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered staff to look into creating a $120 million Office of Diversion and Reentry and approved an amendment to restart construction of a 3,885-bed downtown Los Angeles jail as well as approved continued work on a new 1,604-bed women’s jail in Lancaster.
Coyote Ridge Correctional Center’s new Resource Activity Center, which was originally designed by Integrus Architecture to be a chapel, recently opened after receiving a Certificate of Occupancy in April 2015.
While two major law enforcement renovation projects are underway, including a new juvenile hall and sheriff’s department, Yuba County is seeking state funds to expand the county jail. This will include new classrooms, and an upgrade to the medical and mental health treatment space.
Oversight of Folsom State Prison’s (FSP) medical services is once again in the hands of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), according to a July 14 statement by the CDCR.
Plans are underway for the expansion and update of Yolo County’s Monroe Detention Center in Woodland. San Francisco-based Lionakis is serving as the architect on the project, and several drafts have already been designed.