Kansas Jail Upgrades Follow U.S. Trends


(07/30/2014)
The Pratt County Jail, like several county jails across the U.S., is undergoing a remodel and addition project to help turn the antiquated facility into one that is safe for both inmates and the jail staff. Overland Park, Kan.-based HMN Architects Inc. is serving as the architect on the project and Wichita, Kan.-based The Law Company Inc. is the general contractor.

Michigan to Decide Fate of Aramark Food Contract


(07/30/2014)
The Michigan Department of Corrections is just days away from announcing its decision concerning a food service contract with Aramark Correctional Services, according to recent statements made by Governor Rick Snyder. Aramark employees have been accused of smuggling contraband into Michigan correctional facilities, engaging in inappropriate relationships with inmates and failing to provide the quality or quantity of food as outlined in the company’s contract.

Reentry Center to Help Chillicothe Inmates

By Jessie Fetterling
(07/29/2014)
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 11 for the new Terry Collins Reentry Center at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe. The multi-agency facility brings several services under one roof to help the Ohio prison population with reintegration into society, which will ideally lower the number of repeat offenders.

Hawaii’s Kulani Correctional Facility Reopens


(07/29/2014)
Despite local pushback, the newly reopened Kulani Correctional Facility in Hilo readmitted its first round of inmates on July 21. The 21 inmates constitute the first phase of reopening for the facility, which over the next five months will reach a population of 200 low-risk inmates.

Arkansas Prison Officials Seek Funding for New Prison


(07/23/2014)
The Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) recently experienced the highest one-year increase in inmate population, 17.7 percent, in the department’s history after introducing new parole enforcement guidelines meant to cut back on repeat violators, reported KUAR News. As such, ADC officials are considering new strategies for reentry programs and housing due to the inmate population increase.