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NCJ Number: 134264 Find in a Library
Title: Federal Jails: Design and Construction Flaws in Los Angeles Facility Are Being Corrected
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
General Government Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 10
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes design and construction deficiencies at the Federal Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles (MDC/LA) and actions taken to correct them.
Abstract: This study responds to allegations that the facility's design makes it vulnerable to escape, that inappropriate material was used in the housing areas, that electrical wiring is inadequately protected against tampering, and that the medical facilities are inappropriate for the type of health care provided at the facility. The study reviewed project files and interviewed officials at MDC/LA and at BOP and General Services Administration headquarters in Washington, D.C. Researchers also interviewed staff and former staff of the project design agent, the structural engineer, and the construction management firm. The study found that most of the design and construction deficiencies were in the segregation unit, located on the eighth floor. Two segregation inmates were able to breach the plaster walls of their cells and enter adjacent cells. The segregation-unit cell doors were also inadequate as inmates forced them open on 12 occasions. Inmates also tampered with electrical switches and light fixtures in their cells. The health unit was not being used in accordance with its design. Measures being taken to correct these deficiencies are described. The necessary renovations will cost approximately $251,000.
Main Term(s): Architectural design; Prison construction
Index Term(s): California; Corrections internal security; Federal correctional facilities; Jails
Note: Report to the Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate
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