Prison Reform Bill Introduced in Colorado


(04/09/2014)
A new prison reform bill has been introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives that would potentially improve reentry reintegration and initiatives for adult offenders. The bill was co-sponsored by Republic Representative Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs and Daniel Kagan, a Democrat from Denver.

Q&A: Courthouse Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/19/2014)
Sillings Architects + Planners, based in Charleston, W.V., designed the Lewis County Judicial Annex in Weston, W.V., which debuted in August 2013. The new two-story judicial annex is one of several courthouse projects that Sillings completed in recent years.

Regional Texas Jail Addition Welcomes Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/09/2014)
An $8.6 million addition and renovation of the regional jail and animal adoption center in Keller was revealed to the public on Feb. 22, and inmates will move into the new facility this week. The regional facility will serve residents from Keller, Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake. The new 21,000-plus-square-foot facility nearly quadruples the amount of space for holding inmates and animals in the four cities.

Ohio Sued Over Seclusion of Mentally Ill Youth


(03/19/2014)
A lawsuit filed on March 12 by the U.S. Justice Department may block Ohio juvenile correction facilities from secluding offenders with mental illnesses. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order to limit the practice, and claims that the state has, “systematically violated substantive due process rights of boys with mental health disorders” at several juvenile correctional facilities, causing the offenders “real, irreparable harm.”

Porterville Courthouse Debuts Innovative Design

By Jessie Fetterling
(03/18/2014)
The new South Justice Center for the Superior Court of Tulare County debuted last year on an approximately seven-acre site, which was formerly the Porterville Fairgrounds and Municipal Ballpark. The 96,000-square-foot facility brings the county the space and amenities it needs to be on par with other court facilities in the state.