Report Shows Lack of Accommodation for Disabled Inmate Voters

A report released in early August by Seattle-based advocacy group Disability Rights Washington claims the state’s county jails are not doing enough to support the inmate voting process, particularly when it comes to accommodating inmates with disabilities.

DOE Reports that Incarceration Spending Outweighs Education Spending

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released a report, titled Trends in State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education, in July that said state and local spending on prisons and jails has increased at triple the rate of funding for public education for preschool grade PK-12 education in the last three decades.

Virginia DOC Earns STAR Award for Prison College Credit Program

The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) received the State Transformation in Action (STAR) Award for its educational program that allows detainees in Virginia’s prisons to be eligible for college credit after taking any of the five career and technical education (CTE) courses recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT).

Saginaw Sheriff Proposes Moving Jail to Shuttered Auto Factory

Two months after Saginaw County commissioners heard a proposal to replace the county’s aging jail with a new facility on county-owned property, Sheriff William Federspiel is advocating for moving the jail to a now-shuttered automotive plant.

Warren County Renews Efforts to Fund Jail, Courthouse Construction

Undeterred by the failure of a first jail and courthouse construction referendum in May 2016, Warren County officials have assembled several firms in anticipation of a second referendum in the near future.