Dorchester County Jail to Open Four Months Ahead of Schedule

By Lindsey Coulter
Time and money are two of the biggest obstacles to building new county jail facilities. However, the new 80,500-square-foot Dorchester County Detention Center in South Carolina, is on track for completion an impressive four months ahead of schedule, and rings in at a modest $19.1 million including site work.

Livingston County Jail Expansion Project Nears Milestone

The first phase of construction on the expansion of the Livingston County Jail is now just days away from completion, and is anticipated to open in late November.

Construction Cleared for Johnson County Jail

Johnson County, Texas finally received approval in late September to proceed with Phase I construction on its increasingly inadequate jail in Cleburne. The project will improve and modernize the 870-bed facility, built in 1989, expanding its capacity by more than 200 beds.

Audit Finds NDPS Built Oversized, Overpriced Jails

A U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit reported released in late September that the Navajo Nation in Window Rock spent $30 million more than necessary to build two oversized jails.

Orange County, N.C. Plans Sustainable Jail

Orange County recently selected Moseley Architects of Charlotte, N.C., to design the new Orange County Detention Facility. The new jail aims to improve both energy efficiency and mental health care for inmates.

New Development in Wayne County Jail Project Saga

Circuit Judge Vonda Evans dismissed criminal charges that had been brought against a Wayne County, Mich. attorney in relation to the abandoned Wayne County Jail construction project in downtown Detroit.

Santa Clara County to Seek Funding for New Jail

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution on Aug. 11 to apply for state funding to support the construction of a new jail facility.

Work Begins on Seward County Justice Center

Work is officially underway on the new Seward County Justice Center, which will combine the county’s sheriff’s office, courts, attorney’s office, emergency dispatch center, public defender’s office and probation programs. The new $15 million facility may take up to two years to complete, but the county hopes to begin transferring inmates by the winter of 2017.

DeKalb County Anticipates Jail Expansion

A proposed $32 million expansion of the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore reached a significant milestone in May when the county’s Jail Solution Committee announced it was preparing a list of funding recommendations.

Tab Increases for Stalled Detroit Jail Project

A recent rundown of average monthly and annual costs related to upkeep on the stalled Wayne County Jail construction project in downtown Detroit shows the project continues to be a heavy financial burden on the already strained city.