Work on the new $100.5 million Kern County Justice Facility in Bakersfield is on track to begin in August 2015. This first phase of construction is scheduled to wrap up by June 2017, and is being built with the aid of the state’s AB 900 funding allocation.
Construction on a $6.8 million project at the Broome County jail facility in Binghamton kicked off earlier this month. The project will add a new medical pod and increase housing space at the currently 536-bed, direct supervision facility.
After U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves extended the term of a consent decree involving the seven-unit, 1,260-bed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Walnut Grove, Miss. earlier this month, a lawyer for the state’s corrections department invited the judge to visit the private prison for a firsthand look at operational improvements.
Back in the ’30s, an inventor named Bill Gallagher devised a way to keep his horse from using a car as a scratching post by installing an electrical circuit that delivered a shock whenever the horse touched the vehicle. The invention sparked an idea to create an electrical fencing system.
County jails will be competing for the about $500 million from Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-2016 budget proposal allotted to the latest round of facilities funding to help offset the effects of California realignment, aka AB 109. Although the state has provided about $1.7 billion for new jail construction — $1.2 billion from AB 900 and $500 million from SB 1022 — since AB 109 was passed in 2011, not all of the counties needing help have received jail construction funding. One of those counties is Mendocino County in Northern California.