Georgia Expands Educational Opportunities for Inmates

The state of Georgia is taking inmate education seriously. Building on the success of a pilot program that offered inmates at the Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, Ga. the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas, correctional officials are now working to take the initiative statewide.

St. Louis Mayor Unveils Prison Reform Program

By Jessie Fetterling
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay unveiled a pilot program on Sept. 8 that will help reform the city’s inmates. The program, From Prison to Prosperity, targets young adults in the city’s jail system by partnering the city’s correction division with St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) as well as getting support from local Ranken Technical College.

VADOC’s Step-Down Program Makes Serious Progress

The Virginia Department of Corrections’ (VADOC) Administrative Step-Down program, established in 2011, offers state inmates a way out of restrictive prison housing while also encouraging positive behaviors. When the program began, 511 offenders were housed in administrative segregation either for their protection or the protection of others; now just 160 offenders remain.

Prison in Washington State is Latest to Institute “Blue Room”

Washington Corrections Center in Shelton will soon be the second correctional facility in the country to use a low-tech, but quite effective, method of promoting more peaceful prisons. In addition to offering a variety of education, vocational and sustainability programs, the 1,268-bed male facility will now offer its own version of “The Blue Room,” which first made headlines when it was instituted by Snake River Correctional Institution in Malheur County, Ore.

Sonoma County Advances in Building Behavioral Health Facility

Sonoma County supervisors approved construction of a $49 million behavioral health facility in Santa Rosa to house the increasing number of inmates suffering from mental illness.