Maine Considering Prison Privatization Bill

By Helen Christophi
(02/10/2011)
One month after nominating a former Corrections Corp. of America warden for Correction's Commissioner, the state of Maine is now considering the privatization of its prison system.

Calif. Delays Awarding Death Row Contract

By Helen Christophi
(02/10/2011)
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced late Wednesday that it has again delayed awarding a contract for the first phase of a new $356 million death row complex at San Quentin State Prison.

Stockton Welcomes New Correctional Facility

Correctional News Podcast
(02/10/2011)
Having won concessions in a legal battle, the Stockton Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind a new correctional medical facility.

LAPD Opens New Jail After Two Year Delay


(02/05/2011)
The Los Angeles Police Department have opened its new $84 million, 172,000-square-foot jail. The Metropolitan Detention Center, located downtown at Temple and Los Angeles streets, has been empty for nearly two years due to staffing shortages. Construction was completed on the facility in May 2009.

Mich. County Renews Prison Contracts at Higher Cost


(02/05/2011)
Feeding inmates at the Leelanau County Jail is about to get more expensive. The per-meal cost will increase by 63 percent because the number of inmates is much lower than expected.

Ky. Corrections Officials Mull Execution Drug

By Helen Christophi
(02/05/2011)
Corrections administrators and state officials in Kentucky are reviewing options for a replacement drug for lethal injection cases.
 

Manson Discovered With Second Cell Phone


(02/02/2011)
Serial killer Charles Manson was caught for a second time with a smuggled cellular phone. The phone was discovered in Manson’s cell at Corcoran State Prison in early January, according to a source at California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Ohio Gov.’s Former Advisor To Lobby State for CCA


(02/02/2011)
Newly-elected Gov. John Kasich’s long-time advisor and former congressional chief of staff Don Thibaut will lobby the administration on behalf of Corrections Corp. of America.

Pa. Official Proposes Prison Construction Freeze

By Helen Christophi
(02/02/2011)
Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner has proposed a freeze on new prison construction.

Calif. Prison Receiver Spending in Question


(01/29/2011)
A federal receiver appointed to improve inmate healthcare dramatically increased spending in California’s prisons but has so far failed to improve conditions for sick and injured convicts, a state Assembly committee has concluded.