California County Returns $20 Million Jail Expansion Grant

In lieu of expanding the Hill Road Correctional Facility in Lakeport, the Lake County Board of Supervisors voted on Sept. 13 to return a $20 million jail improvement grant received in January 2014.

Santa Cruz County Breaks Ground on Rehabilitation Facility

Construction broke ground earlier this month in Watsonville on the Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility, which will bring education, vocational training and rehabilitation services for Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office all under one roof.

Overcrowded Tennessee Jail Loses State Certification

Persistent overcrowding has not only strained services at the Claiborne County Jail in New Tazewell, it has now cost the facility its state certification.

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.