Prison Ecology Project Addresses Environmental Issues in Prisons

By Jessie Fetterling
The Prison Ecology Project was formed earlier this year in order to address the problems that arise when prisons negatively impact the environment. Not only can inmates face possible health and safety risks, but the land and surrounding communities can be impacted as well.

Geo Group Announces New Contracts in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania

The Geo Group of Boca Raton, Fla., announced on Dec. 30 that it has signed contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for the continued management of both the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center in Phillipsburg, Pa., and for the reactivation of the Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton, Okla.

CCA Loses Ohio Prison Contract

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) decided on Dec. 29 not to renew its contract with the 2,016-bed Northeast Ohio Correction Center, a privately-owned prison in Youngstown for low-level offenders.

Senators Urge BOP to Start Danbury Project

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is under public scrutiny after delaying the construction of a new prison for women in Danbury. U.S. senators from the Northeast urged the BOP in a letter to get the project back on schedule so women in the Danbury prison complex can be close to their children, as well as have the opportunity to participate in drug rehabilitation and job training programs.

FCI Danbury Prison Being Converted to House Males

By Maggie Ryan
The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Danbury, which currently houses female inmates, is being converted into a men’s prison. The facility was originally meant to house only males when it was constructed in the 1940s. It housed numerous high-profile individuals, such as anti-Vietnam War activist Rev. Daniel Berrigan, Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon and former Waterbury Mayor Joseph Santopietro.

Federal Government Reviewing Solitary Confinement Practices

The Federal Bureau of Prisons recently agreed to conduct a comprehensive review of solitary confinement practices in its correctional facilities to determine the monetary and public safety repercussions of the current policy.

Inmate-to-Inmate Phone Calls Found to Be a Significant Security Threat

JLG Technologies and Inmate Calling Solutions (ICSolutions), a Keefe Group Company, recently developed new technology that can detect every time an inmate at a correctional facility communicates with another inmate — whether at another facility, within the same facility, different facilities under the same agency or inmates in different states, assuming both facilities have the technology.

Recycling Efforts Recognized at FCI-McDowell

All the Federal Bureau of Prisons are required to have a recycling program, but the program at FCI-McDowell in Welch, W.Va., is receiving praise for going above and beyond — and creating savings for the facility.

Prison Receives National Award

By Torrey Sims
The Design-Build Institute of America recently presented a national merit award to the Federal Correctional Institution-Berlin project for the construction and completion of the 678,000-square-foot Berlin facility in New Hampshire.

Leavenworth Could Be Site for Future Prison

Leavenworth could be the home to a new federal prison if all inspections go according to plan. The project is currently in its preliminary stages and a draft EIR with a 45-day comment window has recently been submitted. No additional comments will be accepted for review after Jan. 3, 2012.