Government Audits U.S. Treasury for BOP Bank Contracts

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/21/2014)
Government auditors began investigating the exclusive contracts held by Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to provide financial services in the 121 facilities managed by the Bureau of Prisons.

Detroit Commissioners Vote Against Jail Relocation


(10/21/2014)
Wayne County Commissioners have scrapped plans to relocate the county’s jail to the vacant Mound Road Correctional Facility by a vote of 12-3. The Oct. 16 decision will narrow the board’s focus to either completing the half-finished downtown jail or renovating other existing correctional facilities.

Elko County Begins Jail Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
(10/01/2014)
Construction on an estimated $3.5 million expansion to nearly double the capacity of Elko County Jail began in early August, with locally-based Ormaza Construction Inc. serving as the construction manager.

California Prisons to End Forced Sterilization


(10/01/2014)
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill prohibiting forced or coerced sterilization in all state prisons. The bill, SB 1135, was a response to a 2013 Center for Investigative Reporting report that stated unlawful and coercive sterilization procedures had been performed on female inmates in two state prisons as recently as 2010.

Vermont Prison Becomes a Sustainability Leader


(10/01/2014)
Vermont’s Northwest State Corrections Facility has reached full compliance with the state’s new Universal Recycling of Solid Waste law nearly a year ahead of schedule. The Northwest State Correctional Facility met compliance on Sept. 17, and joins Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in diverting these materials.