Utah Tackles Recidivism Rates, Prison Growth


(08/20/2014)
Utah recently became the 25th state to embark on a corrections and sentencing reform campaign aimed improving rehabilitation and reducing recidivism and prison construction. Governor Gary Herbert announced the state’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) will continue work with The Pew Charitable Trusts to increase public safety and limit expected growth in the state’s prison budget.

Escapes Highlight Hawaii’s Correctional Challenges


(06/25/2014)
After two inmates escaped from Hawaii’s Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) in the span of a week, attention has been refocused on the state’s increasingly crowded correctional population.

New Orleans Weighs Inmate Housing Options


(06/11/2014)
The lack of specialized housing for inmates with severe mental illness in the soon to be completed Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) is the latest point of contention for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) and the city’s mayor. Though the new 433,000-square foot prison will improve significantly on New Orleans’ hurricane-ravaged correctional facilities, it currently does not include a unit for inmates living with acute and sub-acute mental illness. This has prompted Sheriff Marlin Gusman to propose construction of another new correctional facility.
 

Opponents Rally Against California Jail Expansion


(05/21/2014)
Following the May 13 release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised state budget, advocacy groups are speaking out against Brown’s plan to funnel $500 million into jail expansion.

L.A. County Considers Expansive Jail Plans


(05/07/2014)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on May 6 to replace the county’s primary correctional facility with a new two-tower structure. The future 4,860-bed Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) will replace the larger, though rapidly deteriorating, Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), which has long been a target for human rights groups and inmate advocates.

Union Rallies for New Pennsylvania Prison


(04/17/2014)
More than 100 correctional officers, union leaders, county officials and supporters rallied at the Fayette County Courthouse on April 11 to push for the construction of a new prison.

Nebraska Mulls New Prison Construction & Alternatives


(03/11/2014)
Consultants hired by the state of Nebraska to tackle the growing correctional overcrowding problem have delivered a new master plan that relies heavily on construction and expansion. Nebraska has been grappling with a steadily increasing prison population for several years. As of Jan. 31, the state’s correctional system housed nearly 5,000 inmates, more than 150 percent of its intended capacity.

New Hampshire to Build $38 Million Women’s Prison


(03/05/2014)
Site work will begin this summer on the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women.

Wrecking Ball Takes Aim at Maryland House of Correction


(01/29/2014)
After standing for more than 130 years, structural demolition has begun on the infamous maximum security Maryland House of Correction. The aging and inadequate facility saw a dramatic increase in violence in recent years, prompting correctional officials to close it in 2007.

California Counties Learn Correction Funding Fate


(12/18/2013)
Fifteen California counties will soon benefit from a $500 million investment in correctional construction projects.