Performance Contract to Save FCC Butner Millions in Water, Energy Costs


(09/28/2016)
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco of Framingham, Mass., to implement energy and water conservation measures at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Butner. The contract, valued at $53.1 million, is designed to reduce energy intensity throughout the 776-acre prison complex, which includes a federal medical center and several other correctional facilities.
 

Chesapeake Correctional Center to Add Minimum-Security Building


(09/28/2016)
Construction broke ground last month on an expansion to the Chesapeake Correctional Center. Located adjacent to the existing facility in Chesapeake, the 47,282-square-foot building will house 192 inmates and offer space for community programs. It was designed by Moseley Architects, with office locations throughout Virginia.
 

Nationwide Prison Strike Enters Second Week


(09/20/2016)
Inmates across the country launched the first national prison labor strike in U.S. history on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising in upstate New York. The Free Alabama Movement (FAM), a prison-based organization located in New Market that continues to mobilize across Alabama, and the Kansas City, Mo.-based Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee helped launch the call to action for inmates who are demanding better conditions and health care, the right to unionize and what some protesters are calling an “end to slavery in America,” according to an official work-stoppage announcement.
 

Hawaii Correctional Officials Seek Sites for New Jail


(09/20/2016)
The Hawaii Department of Public Safety recently issued a document outlining site requirements for the construction of a new jail facility in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The new facility will replace the island’s aging and outdated Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC), which has been plagued by overcrowding and inmate escapes in recent years.
 

United States Courthouse Debuts in Los Angeles

By Jessie Fetterling
(09/14/2016)
After three years of construction, the General Service Administration’s (GSA) new United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles is finally complete. Substantial completion was reached in late August, with an official opening on Sept. 12, according to a statement. While dozens of federal judges and their about 100 staff members have begun moving into what several refer to as “The Cube,” the transition will take a couple months to complete, according to Los Angeles Business Journal.