The Nevada Department of Corrections is working to ensure that prison inmates living with mental illness receive the treatment they require. On Nov. 15, department director James Dzurenda stressed to members of the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners that several changes would soon take place in the management of mentally ill inmates. These changes are intended to improve and tailor the treatment of Nevada’s mentally ill inmate population, reduce violence in the state’s prisons and increase safety for all prison staff and inmates.
Kings County Jail in Hanford, no stranger to construction projects, is expanding yet again. Although the jail added 252 beds in spring 2016, officials broke ground again Nov. 14 on a 33,000-square-foot addition that will increase the jail’s housing capacity and ability to deliver much-needed substance abuse and mental health programs.
Construction began in late September on a new school located on the site of the existing Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility (RVYCF) in Grants Pass, which currently serves 80 youthful offenders. Work on the project is expected to last between 12 and 14 months, resulting New Bridge High School, which will emphasize education and rehabilitation.
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.
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.
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.
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.