Prison Phone Provider to Pursue Judicial Review Over Rate Caps

Correctional technology solutions company Global Tel*Link (GTL) of Reston on Dec. 21 announced it will pursue judicial review of a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that seeks to regulate inmate calling services. In a decision to pursue legal action, the company maintains it is advocating for “a balanced approach toward reining in phone rates…that relies on cost data and which is supported by evidence.”

Athens-Clarke County Jail Debuts in Georgia

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 13 for the new Athens-Clarke County Jail in Athens. Atlanta-based Rosser International Inc. served as the architect on the new jail, while Augusta, Ga.-based McKnight Construction served as the primary contractor.

Tension Membrane Technology Used at Canadian Detention Center

Construction on the new Regional Intermittent Centre located on the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre campus in London is now nearing completion. The 112-bed project will span 25,000 square feet and help to address capacity issues, reduce contraband concerns and improve overall safety for both inmates and correctional staff.

Harford County Sheriff Seeks to Staff Jail Addition

The Harford County Jail in Bel Air underwent a $32 million expansion four years ago, but one specific problem is keeping the jail from operating at its full capacity: Staffing. The Baltimore Sun reported on Nov. 27 that Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler has requested hiring an addition 36 new correctional officers to help put the currently unused expansion on line.

Architect Roundtable: What’s New & Next in the Corrections Market

By Jessie Fetterling
Correctional News spoke with four architects who weighed in on the latest trends and challenges in correctional design. Laurence E. Hartman, AIA, vice president of HDR Architecture Inc.; David Crotty, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and senior project manager for HOK; Tim Gibson, AIA, principal for DLR Group; and Cameron Glass, associate AIA and vice president for CGL, each spoke about the successes learned from their years in the justice market.