Alcatraz Reaches Major Milestone

A major anniversary is approaching for the former infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

Prison and Jail Construction Report Gives Snapshot of Industry

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
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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.