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  • 1971

    Franklin County Green Task Force Aims Bigger and Brighter

    Medium- to large-sized jails can generate tons of waste—much of which can be diverted from landfills with a bit of creativity and community support. This article describes several major initiatives that have been implemented by the “bright green” Green Task Force in the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Franklin County jail system is recycling everything from containers to worn-out inmate clothing, footwear, and blankets. It has reduced the fees it pays to trash haulers and is now collecting...
  • 2011

    How a Jail Is Making a Green City Greener: The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Sustainable Jail Project

    By Lt. Steve Alexander, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Portland, Oregon The Sustainable Jail Project in Multnomah County aims to guide current and future sustainability actions within the county's jails. It is managed by a multidepartmental team based within the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The project has three broad goals: To reduce waste and energy consumption; To save taxpayer dollars; and To educate inmates about sustainable practices such as recycling and responsible...
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    Building on Brownfields

    By Marc Scoble, Vice President of Midwest Program Management, Heery International, Inc. County commissioners are often concerned with revitalizing neglected industrial areas, or “brownfields,” in U.S. cities. When discussing the location of a proposed detention facility, they may want to consider the potential advantages of building in brownfields. This article discusses the journey traveled by Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in choosing to build a new juvenile justice complex in the Fairfax neighborhood...
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    Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office Is on the Cutting Edge of Accreditation

    By Denise Ory Jail professionals know that managing the pages of records needed for accreditation audits is time- and space-consuming. In this article, Denise Ory of the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia details how that agency shifted to a paperless system for compliance tracking. The agency began implementing its new system in January 2011 as a pilot test with the permission of the American Correctional Association. It completed a successful audit in March 2012, and the system is...
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    Greening Corrections Technology Guidebook

    By Paul M. Sheldon, M.A., Senior Advisor, Natural Capitalism Solutions, and Eugene Atherton, Program Manager, Corrections Technology Center of Excellence National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, October 2011 The American Correctional Association (ACA) has established standards and policy on “clean and green” practices for corrections agencies seeking to reduce their environmental impact and operating costs. Increasingly, agencies are taking advantage of opportunities...
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    Leading by Example: Blue Earth County Goes “Green” in Its New Justice Center and Jail

    By Jessica Beyer, Blue Earth County Communications Manager & Business Analyst, Mankato, Minnesota, and Connie Clem, Editor, National Jail Exchange, Longmont, Colorado The Blue Earth County Justice Center and Jail in Mankato, Minnesota, was completed and occupied in June 2009. It is a multipurpose facility created to update county services, increase jail capacity, and streamline criminal justice processes for the county. It was also the first “green” public construction project in...
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    Justice Goes Green

    By Kenneth Ricci. This article originally appeared in American Jails magazine, July-August 2011. Article provided for download courtesy of the American Jail Association, . This article highlights key information presented in the white paper, Sustainable Justice 2030: Green Guide to Justice, published by the Sustainable Justice Committee of the Academy of Architecture for Justice, American Institute of Architects. The aim of that project was to "articulate a vision for how green justice...
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