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  • Putting a microgrid in jail
    Fast Company's Co.Exist
    In northern California, a problem was brewing at the jail. Santa Rita County Jail required a lot of power to keep its inmates safe: Three megawatts of secure, reliable power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an annual utility bill topping $3 million. To cut costs and increase efficiency, Alameda County, home to the city of Santa Rita, is trying an innovative approach to its power problem: creating its own microgrid to power the jail on-site.



    Women taking leading roles in corrections
    Correctional News
    "Correctional News" sat down with some of the leading female justice designers in the country to get their perspectives on the changing landscape of correctional and civic structure in America. These five women, including former AJA Treasurer and Board of Directors member Su Cunningham, share insights on the industry and discuss challenges of the past and future.

    Inmates hone design skills at new jail print shop
    The Dallas Morning News via County News
    A partnership between the Dallas County, Texas, Jail and El Centro College allows inmates to earn college credit taking graphic design classes in the jail's digital print shop. The new program will supply Dallas County departments and nonprofits with low-cost business cards, brochures, magnets, decals, and other items.

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    A jail goes green
    The Washington Post
    Michael S. Rosenwald writes, "I've been in many jails and prisons — as a reporter, not as a resident — and I can testify that advanced electronic components are in short supply, so I was surprised to see the following three words appear together in the same story: solar, power, jail."

    Maine's county jail system faces crowding, challenges
    Sun Journal via Bangor Daily News
    Maine's jail system is a mess. Just ask a sheriff or jail administrator. "The system right now is in chaos," says Mark Westrum, head of Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset and chairman of the four-year-old Maine Board of Corrections. "We're not in crisis but we're getting there." Bringing the issue to a head: In May, Somerset County closed its jail to inmates from other counties, directly challenging the State's jail network and leading to inmate transportation nightmares, overcrowding at some jails, and empty beds at others.



    Illinois law restricts jailing of debtors
    The Associated Press via Daily Chronicle
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two new consumer protection laws, including one aimed at preventing debtors from unfairly being sent to jail. The governor, who signed the legislation at an event in Chicago, says debt collectors have become so aggressive in some parts of Illinois that they commonly use taxpayer-financed courts, sheriff's deputies, and county jails to squeeze poor people who fall behind on small payments.

    County faces Federal lawsuit over kosher meals
    The Grand Rapids Press
    An inmate at the Kent County, Michigan, Correctional Facility has filed a federal lawsuit over the jail's refusal to serve kosher meals. Bradley Keith Sleighter, who is serving a nine-month sentence for first-degree retail fraud, says he has lost 30 pounds since he was jailed in mid-January. Undersheriff and former AJA President Jon Hess says the jail's meals are based on medical, not religious, needs.



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    CMIT appoints new project leaders
    Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice
    The Correctional Management Institute of Texas recently appointed two project team leaders — one a longtime employee and the other a 30-year veteran of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Sharese Hurst, who has worked for CMIT since 2000, was promoted to project manager, overseeing all jail management programs. Jeffrey Marton, retired director of training for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, will be a project coordinator for programs in mid-level and senior corrections leadership.

    Jail costs vary greatly
    Appleton Post-Crescent
    The cost of jail time in Wisconsin's Fox Valley varies greatly, depending on the county and type of housing the inmate is assigned. Prisoners housed in a jail, either through lock up or with work release privileges, require health care, food service, uniforms, bedding, and numerous other living expenses. Other inmates can be monitored by GPS or must check in at a Day Report Center on a regular basis, which cuts back on basic expenses for a corrections division. In Outagamie County, the cost of locking someone up was nearly 14 times as expensive as GPS monitoring.

    Plan seeks $15.5 million for 40 new jail jobs
    The Modesto Bee
    A second-phase plan for public safety realignment in Stanislaus County, California, calls for adding 40 positions, reopening 72 beds at the Honor Farm, and continuing to develop programs for former prison inmates. According to a staff report, Stanislaus County has dealt with more parolees and offenders than first projected.

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    Official: Change in inmate mail policy has had little effect
    Corvallis Gazette-Times
    Jail officials in Benton County, Oregon, and elsewhere in the State have changed their rules concerning inmate mail since litigation began this year against an Oregon jail for its postcard-only policy. Benton County relaxed its mail policy in early May — allowing inmates to send and receive mail in envelopes — as a precautionary measure after "Prison Legal News" filed a lawsuit against Columbia County.

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    State inmates now housed at county jail in Michigan
    Iron County Reporter
    Although the prisons in Michigan have seen an increase in inmate population, Iron County's 50-bed jail is operating at about half capacity, and the county could see some revenue by housing state inmates in the vacant cells.
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