Lafayette County to Replace 124-Year-Old Jail


(10/30/2013)
Lafayette County commissioners recently approved a $31 million jail facility in Pittsburgh.

Sheriff and County Commissioner Hope for New Jail in Ohio


(06/11/2013)
Ohio’s Fairfield County is under the microscope, again, as its three jail buildings recently failed a state inspection. The county has not passed a state inspection in 25 years. After decades of failed reviews, Sheriff Dave Phalen is saying it is time for a new facility.
 

PODCAST: Brown Files New Prison Plan to Reduce Population

By Audrey Arthur
(05/08/2013)
In order to meet a federal court-mandated deadline and evade being held in contempt, Gov. Jerry Brown filed a new prison plan late Thursday night that aims to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons over the next year.
 

Brown Given Stern Deadline to Fix Overcrowding


(04/17/2013)
California Governor Jerry Brown has been given 21 days to reduce the number of inmates from the state’s 33 correctional facilities or will be held in contempt, according to federal judges.
 

Much-Needed Jail Breaks Ground in Georgia


(03/06/2013)
A new jail in Effingham County recently broke ground in response to severe inmate overcrowding in the area. Ground was broken on the project in late February and is expected to take around two years to complete.

Kansas and Washington Face Overcrowding


(05/02/2012)
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.

Iowa Facing Serious Overcrowding


(12/29/2011)
Iowa was able to restore its prison system after letting the prison population get out of hand in the 1970s

Pa. Returns Out Of State Inmates


(06/03/2011)
HARRISBURG, Pa. — After spending over a year in Michigan prisons to relieve overcrowding, about 1,100 Pennsylvania inmates have been brought back to their home state, according to Pennsylvania officials.

Supreme Court Orders Calif. To Release Inmates


(05/24/2011)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court has ordered California to release tens of thousands of prisoners to relieve overcrowding.

Legal Challenges to Drive Calif. Prison Construction

By Helen Christophi
(01/31/2011)
There is no end in sight to California’s prison woes. Last month the state’s newly elected Gov. Jerry Brown proposed moving low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails to ease the state’s $28 billion deficit.