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  NCJ Number: NCJ 145223     Find in a Library
  Author(s): R Wener ; J Farbstein ; C Knapel
  Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:55  Issue:6  Dated:(October 1993)  Pages:96-102
  Date Published: 1993
  Page Count: 7
  Annotation: Post-occupancy evaluations (POEs), completed by inmates, staff, and management, can provide valuable information on broad issues related to jail facility design and policy.
  Abstract: While ideally, POEs should be a regular part of the design and construction process in every jail, in reality, few correctional facilities complete POEs annually. POEs, particularly those conducted at the two Federal Metropolitan Correctional Centers (MCCs) in Chicago and New York, have influenced design improvements across several generations of facilities and have added to the knowledge base on correctional environments and their impact on behavior. The first local jail to model itself after the MCCs was the Main Detention Facility in Contra Costra County, California, which used the POEs to repeat successes and avoid failures experienced by the larger facilities. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is supporting development of a POE process that is being tested at two sites. The approach that will be used to gather data quickly and efficiently will follow these 10 steps: establish initial contact, identify a liaison, complete an administration survey, complete staff and inmate surveys, analyze survey data, hold a team conference, modify on-site data collection forms, conduct on-site observation and interviews, analyze data and write a report, and prepare a final report. 7 references
  Main Term(s): Evaluation criteria ; Corrections effectiveness
  Index Term(s): Architectural design ; Computers ; Jails ; National Institute of Corrections (NIC) ; Corrections management ; Prison construction ; Corrections
  Type: Survey
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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