Prison in Washington State is Latest to Institute “Blue Room”

Washington Corrections Center in Shelton will soon be the second correctional facility in the country to use a low-tech, but quite effective, method of promoting more peaceful prisons. In addition to offering a variety of education, vocational and sustainability programs, the 1,268-bed male facility will now offer its own version of “The Blue Room,” which first made headlines when it was instituted by Snake River Correctional Institution in Malheur County, Ore.

California Inmate Hunger Strike Continues

By Audrey Arthur
More than a month has passed since thousands of inmates began a widespread hunger strike demanding an end to the use of Security Housing Units (SHUs) in correctional facilities under the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).

New Colorado Prison Closed Down

Two weeks ago, Colorado shut down a brand-new prison it didn’t need. Unless the state government finds someone else who can use it, Colorado taxpayers can expect to spend $208 million for an empty building.

Book Review: Connecting Design and Psychology

After 30 years of research, professor Richard E. Wener has published a review of jail environments and ways those inside experience them.