Virginia DOC Earns STAR Award for Prison College Credit Program

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) received the State Transformation in Action (STAR) Award for its educational program that allows detainees in Virginia’s prisons to be eligible for college credit after taking any of the five career and technical education (CTE) courses recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). The Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) presented the award during its annual meeting in Kentucky on July 13.

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Saginaw Sheriff Proposes Moving Jail to Shuttered Auto Factory

SAGINAW COUNTY, Mich. — Two months after Saginaw County commissioners heard a proposal to replace the county’s aging jail with a new facility on county-owned property, Sheriff William Federspiel is advocating for moving the jail to a now-shuttered automotive plant.

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Warren County Renews Efforts to Fund Jail, Courthouse Construction

WARREN COUNTY, Iowa — Undeterred by the failure of a first jail and courthouse construction referendum in May 2016, Warren County officials have assembled several firms in anticipation of a second referendum in the near future.

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7 California Prisons Receive ACA Accreditation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced on Aug. 8 that seven of the state’s prisons had earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, bringing the total number of accredited state prisons in California to 30. The most recent round of accreditations was announced during the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 146th Congress of Corrections in Boston from August 5-10.

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New Mexico Prison Closure to Impact 300 Workers

MILAN, N.M. — The upcoming closure of the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan is set to relocate approximately 1,200 inmates to other facilities and leave some 300 employees without work. The facility, which is run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) of Nashville, Tenn., is scheduled to close in late September.

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Tarrant County Selects Juvenile Center Design Team

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court recently named Omaha, Neb.-based HDR — together with locally based LBL Architects — to plan and design a major expansion and alterations to the county’s Scott D. Moore Juvenile Center in Fort Worth. Plans call for the center to be completed in 2019.

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St. Brides Correctional Center Sees Solar Energy Benefits

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake installed solar panel units in 2012 to preheat ground water entering its buildings. It has since seen a significant reduction in its reliance on propane and therefore a significant savings for the state.

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Charlotte County Selects Builder for Courthouse Project

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Va. — In a July 12 meeting, members of the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors approved amended plans for construction of the county’s new courthouse, and awarded a nearly $11.5 million construction contract. The board selected Blair Construction of Gretna, Va., to build the new two-story courthouse, which will span approximately 28,000 square feet and include a basement level. The project’s total cost is estimated at $13.9 million.

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