Nebraska Prisons Report Calls for Multiple Reforms


(12/17/2014)
Nebraska’s seven-member Department of Correctional Services Special Investigation Committee released a 62-page report on Dec. 15 calling for sweeping reforms and the firing of several correctional officials.

Montana Feels Correctional Housing Crunch


(12/09/2014)
Montana is the latest state to grapple with a growing correctional population, putting a strain on both state prisons and local county facilities.
 

Arizona Addresses Prison Crowding with $50 Million Facility


(12/03/2014)
After allowing media outlets to tour the state’s new $50 million prison in early November, the Arizona Department of Corrections has officially opened the new section of the Lewis Prison Complex in Buckeye.
 

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.

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.

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.

California Judges Issue New Order in Prison Population Debate


(01/22/2014)
Despite extensive negotiations, California Governor Jerry Brown and attorneys representing a group of prison inmates have yet to reach an agreement on how to reduce the state’s prison population. This impasse prompted the three-judge panel appointed to mediate the months-long talks released a brief statement on the matter on Jan. 13.

Alabama Poised to Establish Prison Reform Task Force


(01/22/2014)
Alabama state senators hope their recent approval of a new task force will help determine the cause of the state’s growing prison overcrowding problem, and offer potential solutions.

Washington State Prisons Seek Expansion Funding


(11/13/2013)
In response to an upswing in prison inmate numbers, Washington state lawmakers have requested an additional $1.8 million be added to Gov. Jay Inslee’s December budget.

Early Prison Release Plan Approved by Illinois House


(06/06/2012)
Illinois lawmakers want Gov. Pat Quinn to reduce prison crowding with a new early release program. The House voted 68-50 to reinstate sentence credits for prisoners with good behavior behind bars or participate in self-improvement programs. The bill is SB2621.