Connecticut Plans Prisons for Younger Inmates


(12/29/2015)
Connecticut officials are planning a prison that would exclusively house inmates between the ages of 18 and 25. The state would dedicate one of its 18 existing prisons to male inmates in that age group.
 

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push For Juvenile Detention Reform


(12/29/2015)
The Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, both located near Irma, have been in the headlines recently for the alleged use of excessive force by staff and administrators against the juvenile offenders. A Department of Justice investigation into the matter also turned up allegations that certain staff and administrators covered up incidents of abuse by destroying or simply not filing the necessary reports. The facilities house primarily serious youth offenders with histories of abuse.
 

SF Board of Supervisors Votes Against New Jail


(12/23/2015)
The state of California awarded $80 million to San Francisco out of the $500 million in revenue bonds the state issued through Senate Bill 863 to help expand jails after a federal court order to reduce prison populations. While some San Francisco officials, such as Mayor Ed Lee, were hoping to use the money to build a new $240 million jail, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against it, calling for better investments in mental health services and rehabilitative programs instead.
 

Prison Phone Provider to Pursue Judicial Review Over Rate Caps


(12/23/2015)
Correctional technology solutions company Global Tel*Link (GTL) of Reston on Dec. 21 announced it will pursue judicial review of a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order that seeks to regulate inmate calling services. In a decision to pursue legal action, the company maintains it is advocating for “a balanced approach toward reining in phone rates…that relies on cost data and which is supported by evidence.”
 

Athens-Clarke County Jail Debuts in Georgia


(12/15/2015)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 13 for the new Athens-Clarke County Jail in Athens. Atlanta-based Rosser International Inc. served as the architect on the new jail, while Augusta, Ga.-based McKnight Construction served as the primary contractor.