Iowa’s Johnson County Jail Completes Security Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/19/2015)
Renovations to many of the Johnson County Jail’s security systems and controls began in April and were completed earlier this month. The jail, located in Iowa City, now has new door locks, cameras and an upgraded control room.

Precast Cells Installed at Flagler County Facility

By Lindsey Coulter
(08/06/2015)
Construction on Flagler County’s new inmate housing facility, located in Bunnell, reached a significant milestone earlier this month as crews began the installation of 86 new prefabricated cells. The installation marks the jail expansion’s halfway point and the end of the first of two phases of construction.

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.