ICE May House Undocumented Immigrants in Private Prisons

Private detention facilities in Ohio, New Mexico and Texas may soon be used to house undocumented immigrants, despite an announcement by the Washington-based U.S. Justice Department in August to phase out its use of private prisons. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is currently seeking to house approximately 5,000 additional undocumented individuals, as the movement of immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border is expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.

Prison Populations to Diverge Sharply in Coming Years

By Matthew Oster
Amidst increasingly clamorous discussions globally about the efficacy and value of the modern prison, statistics are showing more and more that countries worldwide are falling in two separate categories. One, which includes most of the developed economies of Europe and East Asia, is witnessing the waning of the traditional prison through historically low incarceration rates that are expected to decline further over the coming years.

Pierce County Jail on Track for Spring 2017 Opening

Construction on the new Pierce County Jail & Sheriff’s Department in Ellsworth is well underway after a groundbreaking ceremony took place in March. Scheduled for an opening next summer, the project is currently within budget and has yet to face any weather or other unnecessary delays, reported River Falls Journal.

Santa Barbara County Breaks Ground on Northern Branch Jail

Despite skepticism, construction officially broke ground on Oct. 11 on the much-anticipated Santa Barbara County Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria.

Kalamazoo County Consolidates Family Court Functions

By Jessie Fetterling
The new Gull Road Family Justice Complex in Kalamazoo consolidates all family court functions for Kalamazoo County and outside agencies into one facility. The three-story, 81,200-square-foot facility improves operational efficiencies and security, while uniting juvenile functions, domestic relations, probate, prosecuting attorneys, clerks and family support services.