The following blog post was originally published in the July/August issue of American Jails, the editorial magazine of the American Jail Association. The article expounds on the 2012 initiative to build a new jail for under $16 million. To help them tackle the challenge, the county engaged the team of J.E.Dunn, Hussey Gay Bell, and Rosser International, Inc. to join the jail planning team of county administrators and the Sheriff's Office.
socially conscious building design at dearborn county jail
Correctional design is not just about bed counts, square footage requirements, and staff to inmate ratios. Design affects all of the operations therein; from medical and mental health care, to educational programs, and the safety and security of the inmates and staff. If these operations and the needs of the inmate are central to the design process, the likelihood of recidivism is reduced.