County Sheriffs Doubt Calif. Prison Proposal

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Arcmatic Engineers Cast Iron Efficiencies With Versatile Steel Welding Systems

With the stream of federal stimulus dollars igniting construction projects throughout the United States, Arcmatic Welding Systems promises to deliver time and cost efficiencies for fabricators eager to nail down job contracts as the structural steel market heats up.

HOK Taps Goodale to Lead Justice Practice

HOK, a global architectural design and services firm, appointed Jeff Goodale, AIA, as senior vice president and co-director of the firm’s justice business unit. Goodale will work closely with regional practice leaders: Duncan Broyd (Florida), Catherine Chan and Chuck Oraftik (San Francisco), Michael Katzin (Atlanta), Jim Kessler (Washington, D.C.), and Bill Prindle (Dallas).

Calif. to Convert Juvenile Facility to House Adults

Corrections officials will house adult inmates at the Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility as part of a $110 million plan to convert the state’s largest juvenile detention facility, which is slated for closure next year.

Pima County Upgrades Juvenile Facility for Violent Offenders

Pima County is spending almost $1.2 million to upgrade its juvenile detention facility to house violent juvenile offenders currently held at the county jail.