Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, shuttered since 2010, may soon see new inmates.Read more
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County is hoping to spend at least a hefty $100 million alone on resolving the ongoing issues in the county involving health care and mainly prisons. In particular, with regards to the prison spending aspect, the county wishes to significantly decrease the ongoing issue of overcrowding within the local prisons, and improve its facilitation and care for mentally ill or unstable inmates.Read more
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Benton County Officials in Bentonville have been researching the potential expansion of their county correctional facility. That expansion is now expected to commence within the next two months, according to Benton officials.
The issue of overcrowding has hindered the court judge’s ability to place convictions on several different worthy defendants, and with the new expansion, judges will not have to face this obstacle for a long time.Read more
LINCOLN, Neb. — A group of government officials have recently developed a list of solutions for the growing number of prisoners in Nebraska. To name a few, the lawmakers came to the agreement that the state needed to expand their mental and behavioral health services, sentence reforms and probation services. Most prisons in the state have overshot their maximum capacity by almost 50 percent. For example, the Omaha Correctional Center is 192 percent over maximum capacity.Read more
PITTSBURGH — Lafayette County commissioners recently approved a $31 million jail facility in Pittsburgh. The 480-bed structure will replace the current 124-year-old Uniontown Jail, address overcrowding issues and bring the county to full correctional facility standards compliance.Read more
LANCASTER, OHIO — Ohio’s Fairfield County is under the microscope, again, as its three jail buildings recently failed a state inspection. The county has not passed a state inspection in 25 years.Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In order to meet a federal court-mandated deadline and evade being held in contempt, Gov. Jerry Brown filed a new prison plan late Thursday night that aims to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons over the next year.Read more
WASHINGTON — California Governor Jerry Brown has been given 21 days to reduce the number of inmates from the state’s 33 correctional facilities or will be held in contempt, according to federal judges.Read more
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. — A new jail in Effingham County recently broke ground in response to severe inmate overcrowding in the area. Ground was broken on the project in late February and is expected to take around two years to complete.Read more
TOPEKA, Kan. — States throughout the U.S. are experiencing record high incarceration rates — including Kansas. The state’s Department of Corrections is addressing the issue and working on predicting where more problems could lie in the future.
There are currently 8,635 inmates housed in Kansas and the number continues to grow. The average men’s jail exceeds capacity by over 250 inmates and women’s facilities are reaching capacity quickly.Read more