Alabama Governor Proposes Prison Closures, Consolidation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley in his Feb. 2 State of the State address in Montgomery announced plans to transform the state’s prison system. The governor hopes to modernize the system and improve public safety “through safe, secure, humane incarceration and effective, evidenced-based rehabilitation and re-entry services,” according to a statement by the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC). The statement comes after nearly 10 months of planning and assessment by the DOC.

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Corizon Cancels Virginia Contract, Armor Steps In

RICHMOND, Va. — Corizon Health of Brentwood, Tenn. will terminate its contract with the Virginia Department of Corrections effective Sept. 30. The correctional health care provider entered into its contract with the state in May 2013, and announced that contract’s termination in June 2014. The company has also filed a motion to halt a lawsuit brought by the Charlottesville Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), alleging it failed to provide constitutionally adequate medical care.

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Maine to Examine Prison Health Care

AUGUSTA, Maine — Concerns over prison health care have prompted Maine legislators to approve an Office of Program Evaluation & Government Accountability (OPEGA) review of the state’s prison health system.

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State Will Remodel Hospital For Prison Care

STOCKTON, Calif. — County officials have approved a $2 million contract to build a secure unit for prison inmates being treated at San Joaquin General Hospital.

The state will pay to remodel a 25-bed medical/surgical unit in the east wing of the hospital as part of a legal settlement stemming from a lawsuit over a plan to build a 1,722-bed medical and mental health care treatment facility just outside Stockton for ill prison inmates.

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Calif. Prison Receiver Spending in Question

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal receiver appointed to improve inmate healthcare dramatically increased spending in California’s prisons but has so far failed to improve conditions for sick and injured convicts, a state Assembly committee has concluded.

More than $82 million was spent to plan construction projects that were largely abandoned, which was only a fraction of the amount charged to California taxpayers, according to the report by the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review.

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