A new 24/7 walk-in crisis center opened in Davidson County to ensure that those under extreme mental distress will receive the treatment they need as an alternative to putting them in correctional custody.Read more
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $2.2 billion plan to replace the outdated Men’s Central Jail downtown with a spacious new facility.Read more
Construction is currently underway on the new Franklin County Corrections Center in Columbus.Read more
Last April, Oklahoma’s Tulsa County Jail opened a 42,750-square-foot expansion that dedicates significantly more space to inmates with mental health issues.Read more
More counties and states are beginning to re-assess, redefine and rebuild detention facilities using a new design model that emphasizes next-generation jails.Read more
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal judge, Algenon Marbley recently ended most of his court-ordered monitoring of Ohio’s youth prison system. Certain elements still remain, including continued oversight of mental health services and units for those with behavioral issues.
Issues in the Ohio youth prison system have been officially on record since a 2004 lawsuit and then later in a settlement agreement in 2008 — but now work is finally progressing, according to Cincinnati lawyer representing juvenile inmates Alphonse Gerhardstein.Read more
NEW YORK — The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) released a policy brief on Sept. 25, 2012, highlighting a number of states reporting significant, reductions in recidivism.Read more
Sheriff Drew Alexander has Nearly 40 Years of Law Enforcement Experience, Having Spent the Last 11 Years as Sheriff
“In the decisions we make as law enforcement officers, we must always ask, ‘Is this decision ethical? Is it honest? After I make this decision, will others think of me as a person of integrity?’ That’s the standard. That’s the test.”Read more
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mentally ill youth in Ohio juvenile facilities should be transferred to psychiatric facilities to receive the best possible treatment, a new analysis of the state’s youth services recommends.
The state’s most acutely mentally ill youth should be transferred to psychiatric treatment facilities if hospitalized or in other settings outside of detention, according to the report, which makes several recommendations for improving the system.Read more
WASHINGTON — High-standing officials, including U.S. Supreme Court justices, have come forward to demand the review and reform of executions throughout the United States.Read more