The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) along with the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges have recently come to an agreement to allow more and more current prisoners the ability to acquire academic certificates, degrees and credits, which will in most cases transfer over to a four-year university atmosphere.
Following a 4-1 vote by the San Mateo County Board of Directors, Maguire Correctional Facility will undergo more than $5 million in safety renovations and improvements. The upgrades will help to integrate video visitation and will include an overall systems modernization.
The Metropolitan King County Council voted 7-0 Monday to approve a $154 million contract with Seattle-based Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, to construct the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) in Seattle.
A new 317,000-square-foot housing facility is being constructed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Complex, located in the San Diego community of Otay Mesa. Construction broke ground in April 2014, and the project is slated for completion in 2016.
Construction on the 1,626-bed East County Detention Center (ECDC) in Indio is currently awaiting final approval from the Office of the California State Fire Marshal, which has had the jail plans since early last year.
Construction on the new 144,000-square-foot Kings County Courthouse in Hanford is well underway, with a current expected completion date of late 2015. The design of the $86 million facility will address security and overcrowding issues that the county has faced for years. It is also designed to achieve LEED Silver, making it an energy-efficient investment for the state and county.