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NCJ Number: 149480 Find in a Library
Title: Blended Facility: Getting the Most From Your Correctional Facility Construction
Journal: American Jails  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:(September-October 1993)  Pages:37- 42
Author(s): J Newhart; B Heitz
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The jail in Chesapeake, Virginia, is considering ways to blend its existing indirect supervision facility with a direct supervision addition, while keeping the existing structure at full occupancy.
Abstract: Direct supervision allows one officer to monitor 48 to 64 inmates and is designed to change the correctional officer's role from jailer to facilitator and mediator. Chesapeake is using four primary project and personnel management techniques to assist in the jail construction process. The first deals with the development of a facility program independent of the design process. The design of the jail addition was initiated by a week-long work session involving both the architect and representatives of the sheriff's department. The construction manager is involved at the start of the design, and is responsible for balancing the program, budget, and schedule; conducting value analysis; and reviewing design and constructability issues. Finally, Chesapeake has developed a transitional program that will address staffing levels, provide specialized training in effective methods of supervision, cross-train officers between direct and indirect supervision models, and revise the manner in which inmates are classified.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional Facility interior design; Direct supervision jails; Prison construction; Virginia
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