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NCJ Number: 120671 Find in a Library
Title: Modular Construction Expands AIDS Infirmary at Rikers Island
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:51  Issue:7  Dated:(December 1989)  Pages:98,145
Author(s): H G Kaufman
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 2
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The construction of a medical infirmary wing on Rikers Island for inmates with AIDS is indicative of an innovative approach by the correctional community to deal with the growing need for short-term isolation care.
Abstract: The free-standing unit was the first where complex, high-technology installations of security, sprinkler, and electronic systems were factory-installed and shipped complete to the construction site. Although AIDS patients were initially treated in the existing infirmary, the New York City Department of Corrections approved the modular construction in order to separate the patients from the rest of the prison population. A totally noncombustible building with an all-steel frame and concrete subflooring was used that is equipped with two independent electrical distribution systems, special security measures, a complete nurse call system, and a medication and nutrition center. A medium security modular facility is scheduled for occupancy in Hudson County, New Jersey, in 1990; it will be the first two-story, totally noncombustible facility where cells, concrete floors, and the security and operating systems will be installed at the factory.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities; Prison construction
Index Term(s): Architectural design; New York
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