Texas Announces Jail Safety Standards Committee

In August, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator John Whitmire announced that the state will conduct an interim study on jail safety standards and practices. The announcement followed the in-custody suicides of several county jail inmates, as well as the high-profile death of Sandra Bland in June, which sparked nationwide protest concerning inmate treatment.

Hall County to Debut New Correctional Facility

A new home for the Hall County Correctional Institute is scheduled to debut in November. Plans for a new facility have been in the works for about five years now, and construction finally started in March 2014.

Utah Lawmakers Select New State Prison Site

Utah lawmakers on Aug. 19 officially selected a new location for the Utah State Prison. The state’s House and Senate confirmed that the new facility will be built on a site near Interstate 80 just west of the Salt Lake City International Airport by 62-12 and 21-7 votes respectively. Gov. Gary Herbert has also signed off on the plan, which will unfold over the next several years as the state proceeds with purchasing the site and completing the design process.

New Cork Prison in Ireland Improves on Predecessor

A new jail nearing completion in Cork will be a distinct departure from the one it is replacing. Designed to accommodate family visitation and provide a healthier, more comfortable environment for inmates and staff, the new Cork Prison will offer improved sanitation, more modern facilities and opportunities for inmates to improve their both physical and mental well being.

Iowa’s Johnson County Jail Completes Security Upgrades

By Jessie Fetterling
Renovations to many of the Johnson County Jail’s security systems and controls began in April and were completed earlier this month. The jail, located in Iowa City, now has new door locks, cameras and an upgraded control room.