Michigan to Decide Fate of Aramark Food Contract


(07/30/2014)
The Michigan Department of Corrections is just days away from announcing its decision concerning a food service contract with Aramark Correctional Services, according to recent statements made by Governor Rick Snyder. Aramark employees have been accused of smuggling contraband into Michigan correctional facilities, engaging in inappropriate relationships with inmates and failing to provide the quality or quantity of food as outlined in the company’s contract.

Reentry Center to Help Chillicothe Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/29/2014)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 11 for the new Terry Collins Reentry Center at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe. The multi-agency facility brings several services under one roof to help the Ohio prison population with reintegration into society, which will ideally lower the number of repeat offenders.

Hawaii’s Kulani Correctional Facility Reopens


(07/29/2014)
Despite local pushback, the newly reopened Kulani Correctional Facility in Hilo readmitted its first round of inmates on July 21. The 21 inmates constitute the first phase of reopening for the facility, which over the next five months will reach a population of 200 low-risk inmates.

Arkansas Prison Officials Seek Funding for New Prison


(07/23/2014)
The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) recently experienced the highest one-year increase in inmate population, 17.7 percent, in the department’s history after introducing new parole enforcement guidelines meant to cut back on repeat violators, reported KUAR News. As such, ADC officials are considering new strategies for reentry programs and housing due to the inmate population increase.

Iowa Students Create Haven for Correctional Staff


(07/23/2014)
Thanks to a group of Iowa State University landscape architecture students, and Assistant Professor of landscape architecture, Julie Stevens, Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) staff members no longer have to take their work stress home.