Door & Window Design Solutions Improve Security, Efficiency

By Jean-François Couturier
(12/30/2015)
Doors and windows, both in interior and exterior applications, are a major consideration toward effective correctional facility design. Doors and windows are more than just portals for entry and visibility; they are also conduits of light, vision, heat and sound. This presents both a design opportunity and a challenge. How do you use doors and windows in prisons to ensure optimal health, safety, security and efficiencies?
 

New Juvenile Justice Center Designed with a Therapeutic Approach

By Lindsey Coulter
(12/30/2015)
When it comes to planning justice facilities, a design that works well for adults generally doesn’t fit the unique needs of youth offenders, and vice versa. As such, when the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) began planning the new $20.1 million, 61,000-square-foot Acadiana Center for Youth in Bunkie, the office relied on guidelines from the Louisiana Model for Secure Care created specifically to support youth offender rehabilitation.
 

Connecticut Plans Prisons for Younger Inmates


(12/29/2015)
Connecticut officials are planning a prison that would exclusively house inmates between the ages of 18 and 25. The state would dedicate one of its 18 existing prisons to male inmates in that age group.
 

Wisconsin Lawmakers Push For Juvenile Detention Reform


(12/29/2015)
The Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls, both located near Irma, have been in the headlines recently for the alleged use of excessive force by staff and administrators against the juvenile offenders. A Department of Justice investigation into the matter also turned up allegations that certain staff and administrators covered up incidents of abuse by destroying or simply not filing the necessary reports. The facilities house primarily serious youth offenders with histories of abuse.
 

SF Board of Supervisors Votes Against New Jail


(12/23/2015)
The state of California awarded $80 million to San Francisco out of the $500 million in revenue bonds the state issued through Senate Bill 863 to help expand jails after a federal court order to reduce prison populations. While some San Francisco officials, such as Mayor Ed Lee, were hoping to use the money to build a new $240 million jail, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against it, calling for better investments in mental health services and rehabilitative programs instead.