Tackling Issues: Designing Facilities for the Mentally Ill

By Daniel R. Rowe
(04/08/2015)
With dwindling options for state-level mental health treatment, county jails are managing a population of inmates that they are often ill equipped to handle. According to the Department of Justice’s 2006 Special Report, 64 percent of those being held in local jails had a mental illness, up from 16 percent in 1998.

California to Provide Counseling to Mentally Ill Inmates


(04/08/2015)
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced recently that mentally ill inmates in the state’s prison system will now receive more humane treatment. The state filed a new policy earlier this month to allow mentally ill inmates to participate in counseling after an incident as opposed to receiving extended sentences or being sent directly to isolation cells.

Roundtable Discussion: The Evolution of SECs

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/25/2015)
Correctional News spoke with three SEC industry leaders to catch up on the evolution of the SEC industry. Keith Thoene, president, CML RW Security LLC; Russell Pilcher, CEO, Sierra Detention Systems; and Buddy Johns, president and CEO, Argyle Security, all answered the question: How has the SEC industry evolved since you first started working in it?

Maine Seeks Input on Women’s Reentry Facility


(03/25/2015)
On March 28, the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) will host its final public information session concerning a proposed 72-bed women’s reentry facility in Windham. Though the facility will ease the state’s overcrowding and provide better services for female inmates, local outcry over the plan last month pushed department heads to increase project transparency.

New Coffee County Jail to Start Accepting Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2015)
A tentative move-in date for inmates to transfer to the nearly $20 million Coffee County Jail in Manchester is set for May 4. Construction crews are wrapping up interior concrete finishing work on the new jail while officials are moving items from the old jail.