Prison and Jail Construction Report Gives Snapshot of Industry

LOS ANGELES — A recent report by Los Angeles-based IBISWorld, Prison and Jail Construction in the U.S., describes the current state of the industry and projections for the future.

IBISWorld is recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research. The Prisons and Jail Construction in the U.S. report gives an outline of the industry in terms of revenue, losses, growth, key players, and more.

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$5 Million Jail Bond Heads to New Mexico Voters in November

Socorro, N.M. — Socorro County Manager Delilah Walsh presented the results of a jail bond survey to the Board of County Commissioners at its meeting on Aug. 14. Based on county residents’ general approval of the jail bond issue, the board voted to place a $5 million bond on the November ballot.

As it stands, the county’s plan is to commit $1.5 million for the new jail from the general fund, then pay for the bond with an existing levy of 1.9 mills, which was previously used to refurbish the building which houses the District 7 court.

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Ariz. Sheriff Awarded For Jail Health Program

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. — The National Association of Counties (NACo) selected Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh as a 2011 recipient of its national Courthouse award. The purpose of the award is to profile elected county officials who have improved the lives of citizens through outstanding governance and strong leadership.  
Only three Courthouse award winners are selected each year, representing “superior leadership” and programming from urban, suburban, and rural counties.

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“Cashless Jail” Companies Expand Partnership

DETROIT – Continental Prison Systems Inc., dba EZ Card and Kiosk, and Canteen Services of Michigan, recently expanded their strategic partnership to allow EZ Card and Kiosk to deploy its "cashless jail" solutions in several county jail facilities throughout Michigan.
Canteen Services of Michigan, a major entity in the commissary, food and inmate accounting services jail corrections space, is a licensed franchise of Canteen Corp. for a number of counties in Michigan.

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Report: U.S. Jail Population Continues to Decline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. jail inmate population has declined for the second consecutive year, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics announced.
The jail population declined by 2.4 percent in the 12 months ending June 30, 2010, dropping from 767,434 to 748,728. This follows a 2.3 percent decline in 2009 and is the second time the jail population has declined since BJS began the Annual Survey of Jails in 1982. In addition, the jail incarceration rate in 2010 declined to 242 jail inmates per 100,000 U.S.

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W.Va. Jail Chief Could Be Fired

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The chief of operations for the state Regional Jail Authority may be fired after a court hearing for his aggravated DUI arrest is held in late June.
John L. King II was suspended without pay after he was arrested in April for driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.239, according to a criminal complaint filed after King was arrested in South Charleston, W. VA.

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