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NCJ Number: 149899 Find in a Library
Title: California Develops Standards for Equipment and Materials
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:56  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1994)  Pages:124,126-129
Author(s): E J Caden
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1990, as a result of some prison construction mismanagement problems, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) established standards and criteria to guide decisions regarding equipment purchases and to avoid making costly mistakes.
Abstract: CDC began working with a program management consultant to identify equipment that could withstand the demands of a prison. The Department created a Product Quality Committee to develop criteria for the performance, security, maintenance, and durability of equipment specifications. The consultant then conducted evaluations of certain materials and equipment (particularly food service equipment and security hardware) that focused on life-cycle costs rather than initial acquisition and allowed existing prisons to purchase replacement or retrofit equipment according to the established standards. The survey also helped CDC in conducting field inspections during construction, developing checklists for construction management firms, generating reports for equipment purchasing, and providing feedback to equipment manufacturers.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): California; Computers; Correctional facility surveys; Corrections standards; Equipment evaluation; Prison construction
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