THOMSON, Ill. — After sitting empty for four years, the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) in northwest Illinois finally has an estimated reopening date. According to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., the Bureau of Prisons has dedicated nearly $54 million to renovate, reopen and staff the 1,600-bed facility.Read more
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Increased staff and rehabilitative programs could soon be added to Ohio correctional facilities thanks to Gov. John Kasich’s mid-biennium budget. The $53.5 million infusion to the state’s strained correctional system would be used to hire nearly 90 new employees, mostly correctional officers, and establish new beds in halfway houses and community-based correctional centers.Read more
DENVER — Nearly $20 million is needed the complete a long overdue replacement of Colorado’s prison tracking system, according to Colorado correctional officials. The state’s current system, which has been in use for more than two decades, lacks the capability to maintain electronic inmate medical records.
According to Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections Rick Raemisch, the proposed upgrade would substantially improve the department’s ability to track inmates and maintain up-to-date records.Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Despite extensive negotiations, California Governor Jerry Brown and attorneys representing a group of prison inmates have yet to reach an agreement on how to reduce the state’s prison population.Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Fifteen California counties will soon benefit from a $500 million investment in correctional construction projects. As part of Governor Jerry Brown’s continued realignment initiative, funds will help improve inmate education, rehabilitation and medical care across the state.Read more