Utah Tackles Recidivism Rates, Prison Growth


(08/20/2014)
Utah recently became the 25th state to embark on a corrections and sentencing reform campaign aimed improving rehabilitation and reducing recidivism and prison construction. Governor Gary Herbert announced the state’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) will continue work with The Pew Charitable Trusts to increase public safety and limit expected growth in the state’s prison budget.

Former NYC Prison to Become Reentry Center


(08/13/2014)
New York’s City’s former Fulton Correctional Facility will soon receive a major renovation, transforming the building into a community reentry hub for formerly incarcerated individuals. Empire State Development recently approved $6 million in funding to establish the Fulton Economic Development and Community Reentry Center in the former prison space.

California Inmates Sue State Over Valley Fever, Again


(08/20/2014)
A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Sacramento on July 14 against the state of California on behalf of 58 current and former inmates who contracted Valley fever while serving time in one of the state’s Central Valley prisons. The lawsuit accuses the state of knowing for years that the incurable disease was being spread throughout Central Valley prisons, but did nothing to address the problem, reported The Sacramento Bee.

New Nova Scotia Facility to Replace Older Ones

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/13/2014)
The new Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (NNSCF), being built in Priestville, is on track for a fall completion. It will replace two older and smaller correctional facilities located in Antigonish and Amherst, which are both scheduled for decommissioning later this year, said Tim Carroll, superintendent of the new facility.

Kansas Jail Upgrades Follow U.S. Trends


(07/30/2014)
The Pratt County Jail, like several county jails across the U.S., is undergoing a remodel and addition project to help turn the antiquated facility into one that is safe for both inmates and the jail staff. Overland Park, Kan.-based HMN Architects Inc. is serving as the architect on the project and Wichita, Kan.-based The Law Company Inc. is the general contractor.