Adapting Jails and Prisons

By Michael McMillen, AIA
(09/12/2012)
I moved to Illinois in 1976, over 35 years ago, to take a job with the National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning and Architecture at the University of Illinois. I didn’t know much about prisons and jails then, but it wasn’t long before I found out they had become big business and were about to get even bigger.

A Model for Restorative Justice in America

By Mark A. Beardemphl, AIA, Principal, KMB design groups, inc. p.s.
(03/28/2012)
Midway through the schematic design for the new Nisqually Public Safety Complex, I experienced a “wow moment.” I realized that our client, the Nisqually Tribal Police and Corrections Departments, practiced a remarkably successful form of restorative justice.

Thoughts on Planning, Programming & Designing Indian Country Detention Facilities

By Peter Krasnow, FAIA, Design Director at Justice Solutions Group
(01/04/2012)
I joined Justice Solutions Group two years ago to see how my 44 years of architectural experience might be helpful when applied to Indian Country justice center designs.

Video Tours Bring Facilities to Planning Teams


(12/21/2011)
The useful life of most secure facilities and/or multi-justice centers is about 35 years, and many are used for 40 to 50 years or longer before being replaced.