Designing for Justice - AIA 2008 Justice Facilities Review

Each year the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Justice publishes the Justice Facilities Review, which showcases projects throughout the United States that integrate exemplary, proven strategies in the design and construction of justice facilities.

Sanctuary: New Jersey County's Model Juvenile Facility

By Roibín Ó hÉochaidh
Much like Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, which has for more than a century, embraced individuals in need of a second chance at life, the new $27 million Union County Juvenile Detention Center in Linden, N.J., provides male and female wards with an opportunity to change their lives for the better in an environment of direction, order, humanity and safety.

New Horizons: A View From the Ridge

New horizons in programming, sustainability and design at Oregon’s Deer Ridge Correctional Institution.

Rural Justice By Design

Size matters: the challenge of creating an all-in-one justice center in rural Arkansas.

Working for Re-Entry

By Matthew Crawford
The Frederick County Work Release Center in Maryland, a published project in the Academy of Justice Architecture's 2007 Justice Facilities Review, exemplifies what many corrections professionals consider a re-emergence of emphasis on offender re-entry.

Community Justice

By Roibín Ó hÉochaidh
Shoehorned into a 12-acre site amid the meandering banks of the Rock River, Winnebago County's new four-story justice center brings almost 600,000 square feet of multifunctional space to the quintessentially American-heartland townscape of downtown Rockford, Ill.

Double Dose

Justice facility construction projects are complicated on many different levels. They are usually political minefields that must be navigated carefully to avoid public dissatisfaction, there are many stakeholders involved, and oftentimes a crisis is on hand or looming on the horizon.

Breaking Boundaries

By Amy Perry
Most jails have a stereotypical appearance: a bleak, imposing building with a stark façade punctuated by dime-slot windows, and a dim interior with muted colors and rows of cells bound by bars — a popular conception reinforced among the public by movies and TV shows.

Character Counts

By Matthew Crawford
Character plays an important role in society. When people lack character, they are often not held in the same esteem as people who do have it. When a building lacks character, it is often considered drab and uncomfortable, which in the long run could make it unsuccessful in fulfilling its purpose.

Cooperative Corrections

By Matthew Crawford
Funding and space deficiencies are commonplace in the correctional industry. Jurisdictions across the United States deal with overcrowded conditions, which often leads to the absorption of programming space to accommodate inmate housing.