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Prison | Correctional News

Alcatraz Reaches Major Milestone


(03/06/2013)
A major anniversary is approaching for the former infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

Prison and Jail Construction Report Gives Snapshot of Industry


(01/03/2013)
A recent report by Los Angeles-based IBISWorld, Prison and Jail Construction in the U.S., describes the current state of the industry and projections for the future.

Access Denied: Finding a Safe Way out of Danger

By David George
(09/26/2012)
Any building environment prone to vandalism requires special fire- and life-safety systems design considerations. In the case of prisons and correctional facilities, fire and life safety response planning differs from other high-abuse environments because the majority of the occupants are behind locked doors.

DOJ Seeks Control of Virgin Islands Prison


(07/12/2011)
Failure by the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections to comply with 25 years of court orders has prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to file a motion in U.S. District Court to take over the operations of a prison there.

W. Va. Governor Considering New Prison


(06/08/2011)
CHARLESTON, W. Va. — West Virginia lawmakers learned that an all-time high of 1,700 people sentenced to prison remain in jails because of a lack of bed space at state Division of Corrections facilities, and that number is projected to nearly double to 3,200 in five years.

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.

S.D. Prison Makes Changes After Murder


(05/12/2011)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The April murder of a correctional officer during an escape attempt at the South Dakota State penitentiary is prompting officials to increase the facility’s security.

Indian Firm Halts Sales of Execution Drug to U.S.


(04/08/2011)
ATLANTA — A pharmaceutical company in India that supplied a key lethal injection drug to at least one U.S. state and contacted to a half dozen others announced it is no longer selling the drug to American prison officials.

Pa. Prison To Renegotiate Health Contract


(04/01/2011)
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — With plans to build a county prerelease center no longer on the table, Schuylkill County commissioners gave County Administrator Mark Scarbinsky approval during a recent prison board meeting to renegotiate a multi-year contract between the county and Harrisburg-based Prime Care Medical Inc.

Burned U.K. Prison Was Beset By Troubles


(04/01/2011)
ARUNDEL, West Sussex — An open prison where buildings burned to the ground during a riot on New Year’s Day was criticized in an inspection a month earlier, according to a recent report.