California County Returns $20 Million Jail Expansion Grant


(09/20/2016)
In lieu of expanding the Hill Road Correctional Facility in Lakeport, the Lake County Board of Supervisors voted on Sept. 13 to return a $20 million jail improvement grant received in January 2014.
 

CDCR Report Shows Continued Drop in California Recidivism Rate


(09/14/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released a report on Aug. 25 showing the rate at which offenders return to state prisons is continuing to fall. The department’s annual recidivism report, The Outcome Evaluation Report, shows the total three-year return-to-prison rate for all offenders released during fiscal year 2010-2011 is 44.6 percent. This marks a nearly 10 percent decrease from the 54.3 percent recorded last year, according to a department statement.
 

United States Courthouse Debuts in Los Angeles

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/14/2016)
After three years of construction, the General Service Administration’s (GSA) new United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is finally complete. Substantial completion was reached in late August, with an official opening on Sept. 12, according to a statement. While dozens of federal judges and their about 100 staff members have begun moving into what several refer to as “The Cube,” the transition will take a couple months to complete, according to Los Angeles Business Journal.
 

Santa Cruz County Breaks Ground on Rehabilitation Facility


(09/14/2016)
Construction broke ground earlier this month in Watsonville on the Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility, which will bring education, vocational training and rehabilitation services for Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office all under one roof.
 

Project to Watch: East County Detention Center

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/12/2016)
Construction is fully underway on the East County Detention Center in Indio after breaking ground in May 2015. The 1,626-bed facility will include 1,273 new beds as well as 353 replacement beds when it is completed in 2018.
 

Report Shows Lack of Accommodation for Disabled Inmate Voters


(09/12/2016)
A report released in early August by Seattle-based advocacy group Disability Rights Washington claims the state’s county jails are not doing enough to support the inmate voting process, particularly when it comes to accommodating inmates with disabilities.
 

Q&A: Emerging Trends in the Corrections Market

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/10/2016)
The corrections market continues to face everything from overcrowding to health care and compliancy issues to budgetary restraints. With this combination of challenges, architects in the corrections market have had to come up with creative ways to evolve with the changing tides.
 

7 California Prisons Receive ACA Accreditation


(08/10/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced on Aug. 8 that seven of the state’s prisons had earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, bringing the total number of accredited state prisons in California to 30.
 

Shasta County Courthouse Project Faces Delays


(07/20/2016)
The fate of a new six-story Shasta County Courthouse in Redding, which was originally scheduled to open in 2020, is currently up in the air, as court projects throughout California are facing delays.
 

Santa Barbara County Jail Project Awaits State Approval


(07/19/2016)
Now that the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors awarded construction contracts in early July for the Northern Branch jail in Santa Maria, final state approval is required before continuing with plans to build the facility.