San Francisco Turns Down SB 863 Jail Funding


(03/30/2016)
San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy on March 23 notified the California Board of State and Community Corrections to rescind the City and County of San Francisco’s earlier request for $80 million in SB 863 funding. The written notification, directed to the board’s Deputy Director of County Facilities Construction Magi Work, also included a request to withdraw a 180-day extension of the deadline to submit a final proposal. The funding was originally intended for a project to replace the city and county’s aging jail facility.
 

CDCR Regains Health Care Control at Second Prison

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/30/2016)
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regained responsibility for providing medical care at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad in early March. This marks the second state prison that the CDCR regained medical care responsibilities for after a decade of federal control.
 

Lawsuits Over Poor Decatur City Jail Conditions Dismissed


(03/22/2016)
A federal judge last week dismissed a series of lawsuits filed by inmates claiming that poor conditions at the Decatur City Jail in Decatur are violating their constitutional rights. The jail, which was first scheduled for closure more than 17 months ago, provides inmates with poor medical care and food services and increasingly inadequate living conditions, according to the 15 different lawsuits filed in the U.S. Northern District.
 

Pennington County Plans for Incarceration Alternatives


(03/22/2016)
Like several counties across the U.S., Pennington County is looking to alternatives for incarceration instead of deciding to add onto its already massive, 624-bed county jail in Rapid City.
 

5 Projects to Watch in 2016

By Torrey Sims and Jessie Fetterling
(03/16/2016)
This year, there are several major justice facility construction projects underway. Correctional News has selected five projects to follow and will provide readers with status updates throughout the year as these projects celebrate groundbreakings, topping-off ceremonies and final completion. Read on to learn more about the projects and what to expect from them in 2016.