Long Beach Courthouse Named Best Public Project


(05/21/2014)
The project team that designed the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach earned the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Award for the 2014 Best Public Project earlier this year. The project team consisted of Los Angeles-headquartered AECOM as the architect-engineer of record; Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Clark Design/Build of California as the design-builder; and locally based Long Beach Judicial Partners (LBJP) as the developer.

Stanton Correctional Facility Prepares for July Debut

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/14/2014)
The new 127,800-square-foot Stanton Correctional Facility in Fairfield will debut in July, about two years after construction broke ground. The 362-bed maximum security adult detention facility is one of the first group of projects to be financed by the State AB 900 funding, which approved $1.2 billion in jail construction funding due to overcrowding and realignment issues.

Christie Commits to Inmate Education, Rehabilitation


(05/14/2014)
At a recent press conference, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie applauded the expansion of the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons program (NJ-STEP). The privately funded program offers New Jersey inmates the opportunity to complete free college courses and credits, and will expand to serve 2,000 inmates by 2018. This move is the latest in a series made by the state to improve services for inmates and reduce recidivism.

Q&A: First SB 81 Facility Built Weighs in a Year Later

By Jessie Fetterling
(05/07/2014)
The Stanislaus County Juvenile Commitment Facility opened almost a year ago in early June as the first juvenile facility built since the passage of SB 81, also known as the Juvenile Justice Realignment bill. The $16.2 million, 47,207-square-foot facility houses a 30-bed and 15-bed unit for boys and a 15-bed housing unit for girls. It features classrooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, visitation area, full-service kitchen, culinary instructional classroom, program rooms and a secure recreation yard.

L.A. County Considers Expansive Jail Plans


(05/07/2014)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on May 6 to replace the county’s primary correctional facility with a new two-tower structure. The future 4,860-bed Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) will replace the larger, though rapidly deteriorating, Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), which has long been a target for human rights groups and inmate advocates.