The second of two major expansions to the Kalamazoo County Jail is now on track for a June 2014 opening. The first 75,000-square-foot addition to the main jail structure opened in spring 2013, adding more than 90 cells to the chronically crowded facility. Upon completion of this final phase, the jail additions will comprise 58 two-person cells, 20 four-person cells and 15 cells dedicated for medical use.
After a 17-month construction process, Cumberland County officials recently celebrated the dedication of the expanded Cumberland County Detention Center. The roughly $15 million project wrapped up last month, and correctional staff began moving inmates into the new and improved facility immediately following the dedication.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently approved a $1 million investment in the design and planning of the new energy-efficient Lowell Judicial Center. The existing facility, which is the fifth busiest district court in the state for criminal cases, has long been in need of repairs, and current conditions have been described as “deplorable,” according to a statement by Rep. David Mangel (D-Lowell).
On March 8, Corrections Standards Authority approved $602,881,000 in funds for jail construction projects in 11 counties, the second phase under realignment, which amounts to a $1.2 billion investment in county jails, under AB 900.