Miami-Dade to Privatize Inmate Medical Care

By Helen Christophi
(01/27/2011)
Jackson Health System has asked its subsidiary, Prison Health Services, to negotiate a contract to provide private healthcare services for inmates under the custody and control of the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.

Maine Gov.’s DOC Selection Ruffles Feathers

By Helen Christophi
(01/26/2011)
Gov. Paul LePage has nominated Joseph Ponte to head Maine’s Department of Corrections. Ponte is currently a warden at Nevada Southern Detention Center, which is owned by Corrections Corp. of America.

W. Va. To Fix Prison Parole Law


(01/26/2011)
A bill to correct last year’s legislation fast-tracking parole hearings in hopes of reducing state prison overcrowding remained on pace Monday to become the first bill passed in the 2011 regular session.

Iowa Gov. Dismisses Parole Board Members


(01/26/2011)
Gov. Terry Branstad terminated three members of the Iowa Board of Parole last week who were appointed by his predecessor, Gov. Chet Culver. Branstad plans to replace them with his own appointees.

County Sheriffs Doubt Calif. Prison Proposal


(01/19/2011)
California sheriffs say county jails are overcrowded, casting doubt on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to transfer 40,000 low-level offenders from state to county jails.

Report: Inmates Denied Drug Replacement Therapy


(01/05/2010)
Many state prison inmates with substance-abuse problems are denied access to drug replacement therapy, which is one of the most effective ways to treat heroin and opium addiction, according to a recent study.

Health Network Offers N.J. Mental Health Services


(01/05/2010)
CFG Health Network recently launched InSight Telepsychiatry to provide remote, real-time psychiatric evaluations and diagnostic services for offenders held in correctional facilities.

Prison Service Halts Phone-Jamming Tests


(01/05/2010)
Irish corrections officials halted the testing of cellular phone-jamming technology at the country’s only maximum-security facility following reports that the system was interfering with legal communications in the adjacent community.

Courthouse Architect Takes 2010 AIA Gold Medal


(12/29/2009)
The American Institute of Architects will honor Pennsylvania-based architect Peter Bohlin, FAIA, with the 2010 AIA Gold Medal award, the organization’s highest honor.

ACA 2010 Winter Conference Preview, Jan. 22-27


(12/29/2009)
The ACA winter conference, one of the year’s largest events for correctional industry professionals, arrives in Tampa, Fla. on January 22. Be sure to visit the Correctional News booth and check out the following highlighted events selected by the magazine’s editorial team.