Ohio Announces Prison Farms Closures, Union Files Injunction

By Lindsey Coulter
Ten prison farms across Ohio may soon close as part of a state plan to sell the properties and devote the proceeds to inmate employment and rehabilitation programs, Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr told the Associated Press last month. The move to close the facilities and liquidate all assets prompted the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) to seek an injunction.

San Luis Obispo to Debut Juvenile Hall Expansion

By Jessie Fetterling
The current San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Hall can hold 45 minors, both male and female, but it lacks the adequate space for classrooms counseling areas and recreational areas. That’s why an expansion project is currently underway, adding new secure juvenile detention facilities that increase the existing facility’s capacity and provide improved youth programs and staff services.

Top Project: Broward County Courthouse Nears Completion

The new Broward County Courthouse is scheduled to open this summer, about a year after the original projected completion date. Construction on the about $245 million courthouse began in August 2012.

CDCR’s Division of Juvenile Justice Marks Anniversaries of Key Facilities

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) recently marked the 25th anniversary of the N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility and the 50th anniversary of the O.H. Close School for Boys (now O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility), both located in Stockton.

Tulare County to Break Ground on New Detention Facility

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors awarded a $52.4 million contract to San Fernando, Calif.-based Bernards Bros. Inc. to build the new 510-bed South County Detention Facility in Porterville. DLR Group Inc. and Vanir Construction Management Inc. have already been hired to help with the project — both of which have offices in Sacramento, Calif.