The Broward County Courthouse has earned high marks from the U.S. Green Building Council (USCBC) for its strong environmental performance and sustainable design, receiving LEED Gold certification.Read more
One enterprising Florida prison is partnering with a Daytona State College on a program that aims to not only keep former inmates away from reoffending, but also with the added bonus of addressing the state’s rather grave deficit in the availability of construction workers.Read more
LONDON — Prisons in the U.K. are planning to ban cigarette smoking in facilities by 2015. BBC reported that an estimated 80 percent of inmates in the U.K. are believed to be smokers. In a strange swap, the Prison Service said that after the ban is in place, nicotine patches will be offered to inmates as a “substitute.”
“We are considering banning smoking across the prison estate and as part of this are looking at possible sites as early adopters,” said a Prison Service spokesman to BBC.Read more
LONDON — A report issued by The Prison Reform Trust here finds that children with emotional and mental health needs are more likely to go to prison than other young people because the Youth Justice System does not recognize their special needs.Read more
HALDEN, Norway — The government reaffirmed Norway’s commitment to promote rehabilitation over recidivism as corrections officials opened Scandinavia’s newest maximum-security prison.