POWHATAN, Va. — Several Virginia correctional facilities will soon be shuttered in an attempt by the state to address a roughly $2.4 billion revenue shortfall. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the closures — and subsequent layoffs — in a press conference in Richmond on Oct. 15. All facilities named in the budget cuts will be closed before the end of the year.Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following the May 13 release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised state budget, advocacy groups are speaking out against Brown’s plan to funnel $500 million into jail expansion. Groups like Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) are protesting the potential multi-billion dollar cuts to recidivism-reducing programs, and investment in new correctional construction.Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has requested more than $2 billion in funding for FY 2014-2015, up $77 million from Governor Tom Corbett’s last budget. The vast majority of the funds requested would be dedicated to salaries and benefit increases for the system’s more than 15,000 employees.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
LINCOLN, Neb. — Consultants hired by the state of Nebraska to tackle the growing correctional overcrowding problem have delivered a new master plan that relies heavily on construction and expansion.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