Re-thinking Vertical Management

By Stephen A. Carter
(05/16/2011)
If the total cost of ownership is truly vetted, high-rise solutions for correctional facilities have many advantages.

Trendspotting: Evidence-Based Planning

By Stephen Carter
(03/21/2011)
In the past several months I have had the sobering experience of re-examining bed-space projections that I helped create in the mid-2000s.

Safe & Humane

By Stephen A. Carter
(11/24/2010)
The challenges of stabilization and incarceration following conflict and crisis.

Taking on Solomon

By Stephen A. Carter
(07/28/2010)
Rarely are designers required to consider an alternate use of a criminal justice facility beyond a projected 30-year life span, even though the current tilt towards sustainable buildings suggests just that.

Reformation Realities

By Stephen A. Carter
(04/16/2010)
Perhaps no state has spent more money to evaluate options for improving the medical services for inmates than California.

Trendspotting: Assisting Haiti

By Stephen A. Carter
(03/25/2010)
When Bad Things Happen to Good People: By now, miles of videotape depicting the destruction in Haiti are imprinted in our minds.

Trendspotting

By Stephen A. Carter
(12/30/2009)
Happy New Year! It’s hard to imagine that we were so concerned about Y2K and the simultaneous meltdown of global ATMs a decade ago when now it’s what is not in the bank’s vaults that seems to be of greater concern.

Trendspotting: To the Higher Ground

By Stephen A. Carter
(12/07/2009)
Whether we are considering governing, choosing, designing, operating, or financing, the scramble for consensus has brought correctional design and operations to a new level of mediocrity. The shove by the Academy of Architecture for Justice toward evidenced-based design decisions should be welcomed, yet the majority of the architect’s choices remain those acceptable to a vocal individual or a committee unwilling to embrace conflict as a part of the creative process.

Trendspotting: The Crisis in Corrections

By Stephen A. Carter
(12/04/2009)
Winston Churchill reputedly declared, “If you want to see the soul of a society, look into its prisons.”

Trendspotting: The Footprints of David Parrish

By Stephen A. Carter
(12/04/2009)
We have this agreement around my home and office that we don’t discuss the R-word: retirement. In the solitude of my own thoughts, anxiety about exercising my age-gifted perk grips me momentarily, but soon passes as I approach yet another TSA screening lane.