A Number of States Report Significant Reductions in Recidivism, According to NRRC Report

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) released a policy brief on Sept. 25, 2012, highlighting a number of states reporting significant, reductions in recidivism.

After Recent Escape, Kansas Discusses Policy Change

A recent escape by four inmates from Ottawa County Jail in Minneapolis, Kan., sparked a proposal by lawmakers to restrict the types of inmates the Kansas Department of Corrections could house in county jails. However, the amendment was rejected with a 79-41 vote.

Kansas and Washington Face Overcrowding

States throughout the U.S. are experiencing record high incarceration rates — including Kansas. The state’s Department of Corrections is addressing the issue and working on predicting where more problems could lie in the future.

Meeting Scheduled for Kansas Federal Prison Project

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will hold a public meeting next week in Leavenworth on a proposal to build a new medium-security correctional facility on the grounds of the existing U.S. penitentiary.

A LEED Lockup

By Lisa Kopochinski
The new $92.5 million military prison at Fort Levenworth, Kan., pushes the envelope for sustainable design in correctional facilities.

Building a Civic Presence on the Kansas Plains

By Morgan Jones
Contemporary correctional architecture tends to favor nondescript buildings that often resemble warehouses. Although communities invest heavily in those jails, correctional facilities often are excluded from the American city's sense of civic pride. One of the exceptions to the rule is the new Douglas County Jail in Lawrence, Kansas.

Detention School: An Incarceration Alternative

By Dan Rowe, AIA
The solution to the overcrowding problem at a juvenile facility in Kansas was detention school — a facility that offers enough of a deterrent that youth do not want to return, while at the same time allowing them to avoid detention.

High-Tech Court in Kansas

By Hava Leisner
A technologically advanced court allows for speedy trials, less staff, and increased caseloads.