Justice Department to Tackle Recidivism, Promote Rehabilitation


(12/07/2016)
On Nov. 30, the Washington-based Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a series of reforms at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) designed to reduce recidivism and increase the likelihood of inmates’ safe and successful return to the community. These efforts include building a semi-autonomous school district within the federal prison system, reforming federal halfway houses, covering the cost of obtaining state-issued photo IDs for federal inmates prior to their release and providing additional services for female inmates, according to a statement by the DOJ.
 

Nevada to Establish Mental Health Unit in Carson City


(11/29/2016)
The Nevada Department of Corrections is working to ensure that prison inmates living with mental illness receive the treatment they require. On Nov. 15, department director James Dzurenda stressed to members of the Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners that several changes would soon take place in the management of mentally ill inmates. These changes are intended to improve and tailor the treatment of Nevada’s mentally ill inmate population, reduce violence in the state’s prisons and increase safety for all prison staff and inmates.
 

Q&A Part I: Virtual Rehab Makes Its Way into Corrections

By Jessie Fetterling
(12/07/2016)
Today, the term “virtual reality” (VR) refers to a computer-generated, 3-D image or environment that can be interacted with in real-time using input devices such as headsets. Popular in the video game world, VR technology has become a household item and is slowly making its way into the correctional industry.
 

Design Roundtable: A Paradigm Shift in Correctional Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(11/29/2016)
The corrections industry is currently facing a paradigm shift that will have a major effect on the future of correctional design. Growing emphases on rehabilitation, mental-health programming, sustainable design and evolving technologies continue to play a huge role in this shift.
 

Kings County Jail Embarks on Latest Expansion Phase

By Lindsey Coulter
(11/16/2016)
Kings County Jail in Hanford, no stranger to construction projects, is expanding yet again. Although the jail added 252 beds in spring 2016, officials broke ground again Nov. 14 on a 33,000-square-foot addition that will increase the jail’s housing capacity and ability to deliver much-needed substance abuse and mental health programs.