Rethinking Correctional Facility Design

Posted by Mark R. Van Allen, AIA, LEED AP on 3/28/16 11:16 AM

The shift in focus to rehabilitation rather than warehousing prisoners sparks changes in facilities. 

In Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman's character finally gets out after 30 years in prison and finds a job stocking shelves at the local grocery store. In a poignant scene, when the store manager tells him he doesn't need permission to go to the restroom, Freeman's character replies, "I almost can't go unless somebody tells me it's okay to take a piss." 

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Rehabilitation, Direct Supervision, Justice Architecture, Reduction of Recidivism, Recidivism, Juvenile Justice

More Than Just Bed Counts

Posted by Mark R. Van Allen, AIA, LEED AP on 2/17/15 8:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Rehabilitation, Justice Architecture, Recidivism, Architecture, Design


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