N.H. County Drops Jail Plan for Community Center


(12/11/2009)
Sullivan County officials broke ground on a $5.6 million community corrections facility after the county ditched plans to build a new $40 million jail.

AIA Report Documents Economic Peaks and Troughs


(12/11/2009)
A recent report from the American Institute of Architects, designed to provide a market snapshot, paints a rosy portrait for architects prior to the economic downturn while offering a warning for firms in the market today.

Balfour Beatty to Acquire Parsons Brinckerhoff


(12/11/2009)
International engineering and construction services group Balfour Beatty announced a $626 million deal to buy New York-based professional services firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Alaskan Inmates Moved from Desert to Rockies


(12/11/2009)
The Alaska Department of Corrections recently changed private prison contractors and, as a result, will move 800 inmates from a privately owned penitentiary in Eloy, Ariz., to a facility located in Hudson, Colo., at the end of the year.

Number of Confined Juveniles Drops 12 Percent Nationwide


(12/04/2009)
The number of juveniles in U.S. custody decreased by 12 percent from 1997 to 2006, according to a study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

Four States Join Mental Health Justice Initiative


(12/04/2009)
The Council of State Governments Justice Center selected the leading judges of Delaware, Idaho, New Hampshire and Wisconsin to participate in the Chief Justices’ Criminal Justice Mental Health Leadership Initiative.

President, Congress Reauthorize Inmate Mental Health Funding Bill


(12/04/2009)
A five-year, multimillion dollar federal funding package to support the treatment of mentally ill inmates and ex-offenders at the state and local level passed into law as President Bush signed the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act.

Study Proposes Expanded Mental Health Services


(12/04/2009)
Authorities should expand specialized interventions and programming to reduce the higher recidivism rates that exist among inmates with major mental illness, according to a University of Texas Medical Branch study.

Pennsylvania Governor Plans Parole, Corrections Reform


(12/04/2009)
Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced plans to implement several recommendations from an independent review for improving the state’s corrections and parole system.

Proposed Jail Building Plan Could Cost Fresno County $3 Billion


(12/04/2009)
County supervisors are examining funding alternatives for an overhaul of the jail system after consultants estimated the 3,000-bed replacement and expansion project could cost up to $3 billion.