A plan proposed by the General Services Administration (GSA) to renovate the Thomas G. Abernethy Courthouse in Aberdeen was recently approved by Congress.Read more
Following a number of failed attempts to renovate the Lee County Jail in Mississippi, county leaders are again exploring options to overhaul the jail.Read more
WLOX reports that Hancock County has allocated over $700,000 for security upgrades at the courthouse.Read more
DUBLIN, Va. — The largest solar thermal system in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been installed at the New River Valley Regional Jail (NRVRJ), which serves the counties of Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Pulaski, Wythe, and the City of Radford.Read more
The new Amherst County Adult Detention Center is the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority’s first LEED Silver certified facility
With Virginia’s inmate population expected to grow over the next decade and with its current jails overcrowded, construction of the new Amherst County Adult Detention Center (ACADC) made perfect “cents.”Read more
INDEPENDENCE, Va. — Virginia’s newest prison, a 1,024-bed facility in Grayson County located just east of Independence, sits empty, four months after completion.
The $105 million prison is empty due to a statewide decline in the inmate population and a reduction in state funding to lock up offenders. The declining numbers are a first in recent memory for Virginia, which has seen its inmate population double since 1995, when the General Assembly voted to abolish parole in favor of building additional prison facilities.Read more
STATE FARM, Va. — The Powhatan Correctional Center in State Farm will become the first major prison in the United States to install videophones to enable deaf inmates to communicate with family and friends. The move is part of a recent lawsuit settlement.
Deaf inmates sued the Virginia Department of Corrections last January, accusing it of discrimination. The group says videophones will allow them to reach out to family that they had not been able to communicate with for some time.Read more
RICHMOND, Va. — Harold Clarke has been named as director of the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Clarke, who has served as a commissioner with Massachusetts’ corrections system since 2007. Clarke will oversee a system with 32,000 inmates in 44 prisons and more than 11,500 employees. Clarke succeeds Virginia DOC director Gene Johnson.Read more