Hawaii Correctional Officials Seek Sites for New Jail


(09/20/2016)
The Hawaii Department of Public Safety recently issued a document outlining site requirements for the construction of a new jail facility in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The new facility will replace the island’s aging and outdated Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC), which has been plagued by overcrowding and inmate escapes in recent years.
 

United States Courthouse Debuts in Los Angeles

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/14/2016)
After three years of construction, the General Service Administration’s (GSA) new United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is finally complete. Substantial completion was reached in late August, with an official opening on Sept. 12, according to a statement. While dozens of federal judges and their about 100 staff members have begun moving into what several refer to as “The Cube,” the transition will take a couple months to complete, according to Los Angeles Business Journal.
 

Nationwide Prison Strike Enters Second Week


(09/20/2016)
Inmates across the country launched the first national prison labor strike in U.S. history on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising in upstate New York. The Free Alabama Movement (FAM), a prison-based organization located in New Market that continues to mobilize across Alabama, and the Kansas City, Mo.-based Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee helped launch the call to action for inmates who are demanding better conditions and health care, the right to unionize and what some protesters are calling an “end to slavery in America,” according to an official work-stoppage announcement.
 

CDCR Report Shows Continued Drop in California Recidivism Rate


(09/14/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) released a report on Aug. 25 showing the rate at which offenders return to state prisons is continuing to fall. The department’s annual recidivism report, The Outcome Evaluation Report, shows the total three-year return-to-prison rate for all offenders released during fiscal year 2010-2011 is 44.6 percent. This marks a nearly 10 percent decrease from the 54.3 percent recorded last year, according to a department statement.
 

Project to Watch: East County Detention Center

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/12/2016)
Construction is fully underway on the East County Detention Center in Indio after breaking ground in May 2015. The 1,626-bed facility will include 1,273 new beds as well as 353 replacement beds when it is completed in 2018.