Construction Cleared for Johnson County Jail

Johnson County, Texas finally received approval in late September to proceed with Phase I construction on its increasingly inadequate jail in Cleburne. The project will improve and modernize the 870-bed facility, built in 1989, expanding its capacity by more than 200 beds.

Rowan County to Build New Jail

Plans are underway for the new detention center that the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) authorized Rowan County to build in 2014. Frankfort, Ky.-based DLZ, the project architect, presented a design scheme to the Rowan Fiscal Court for a 292-bed jail in late August. Vanceburg, Ky.-based Trace Creek Construction is serving as the construction manager on the project.

Maine Jails Face Funding Shortages, Overcrowding

A law that was intended to address funding and overcrowding issues in Maine county jails continues to plague the state. The law initially received broad support as it was intended to place county jails back under local control, eliminating the Maine Board of Corrections.

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.

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.