Santa Barbara County Breaks Ground on Northern Branch Jail

Despite skepticism, construction officially broke ground on Oct. 11 on the much-anticipated Santa Barbara County Northern Branch Jail in Santa Maria.

Kalamazoo County Consolidates Family Court Functions

By Jessie Fetterling
The new Gull Road Family Justice Complex in Kalamazoo consolidates all family court functions for Kalamazoo County and outside agencies into one facility. The three-story, 81,200-square-foot facility improves operational efficiencies and security, while uniting juvenile functions, domestic relations, probate, prosecuting attorneys, clerks and family support services.

Prison Populations to Diverge Sharply in Coming Years

By Matthew Oster
Amidst increasingly clamorous discussions globally about the efficacy and value of the modern prison, statistics are showing more and more that countries worldwide are falling in two separate categories. One, which includes most of the developed economies of Europe and East Asia, is witnessing the waning of the traditional prison through historically low incarceration rates that are expected to decline further over the coming years.

Becker County Eyes 2017 Start for Jail Construction

Becker County has its sights set on a new $16 million to $18 million jail in Detroit Lakes. The decision to build a new jail comes after the county was ordered by the state to either close or replace its maximum-security jail by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

New School to Serve Youthful Offenders in Oregon Community

Construction began in late September on a new school located on the site of the existing Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility (RVYCF) in Grants Pass, which currently serves 80 youthful offenders. Work on the project is expected to last between 12 and 14 months, resulting New Bridge High School, which will emphasize education and rehabilitation.