Prison Ecology Project Addresses Environmental Issues in Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/06/2015)
The Prison Ecology Project was formed earlier this year in order to address the problems that arise when prisons negatively impact the environment. Not only can inmates face possible health and safety risks, but the land and surrounding communities can be impacted as well.

Baltimore Jail Faces Immediate Shutdown

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/04/2015)
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said last week that he will immediately be closing the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) — a jail that has notoriously been known for its association with violent gangs — and the shutdown should only take a couple weeks.

Iowa State Penitentiary Receives First Inmates


(08/04/2015)
More than 500 Iowa inmates were relocated to the state’s $132 million penitentiary in Fort Madison on Aug. 1. The maximum-security facility was completed more than two years ago, however ongoing operational and maintenance issues had delayed the inmate transfer.

Jerome County Constructs New Jail

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/29/2015)
Construction on a new jail in Jerome County began in March. As reinforced concrete walls start to rise, the project remains on track for a February 2016 completion date.

Inmates Expected to Receive Pell Grants Again


(07/29/2015)
On July 31, the Obama administration is expected to announce the restoration of federal Pell grant eligibility to prison inmates. While the move will expand educational opportunities to incarcerated individuals for an expected trial period of three to five years, it could also help decrease recidivism and alleviate prison crowding across the country.