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NCJ Number: 64809 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: INCREASING INMATE REHABILITATION THROUGH THE USE OF COLOR
Author(s): S SWEITZER
Corporate Author: Michigan Dept of Corrections
Office of Jail Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Michigan Dept of Corrections
Lansing, MI 48913
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT DESCRIBES HOW THE USE OF COLOR IN AN INMATE'S SURROUNDINGS CAN STIMULATE REHABILITATION, AND PRESENTS COLOR SAMPLES.
Abstract: TO HUMANIZE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES, THE PHYSICAL PLANT SHOULD BE DESIGNED WITH AN AWARENESS OF HUMAN HABITS AND NEEDS BE ENGAGING TO HUMAN INTERESTS, AND BE NONREPRESSIVE TO THE HUMAN INTELLECT AND PHYSIOLOGY. STANDARDS IN COLOR USE SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED THAT WILL ORGANIZE AND ARTICULATE SPACE TO INFLUENCE INMATES IN A FAVORABLE WAY. SPACE INFLUENCES UNCONSCIOUS FACTORS, PERCEPTION, BEHAVIOR, AND DECISIONMAKING; COLOR INFLUENCES SPACE. BECAUSE AN INMATE'S SPACE IS LIMITED, AN OFF-WHITE HUE IS RECOMMENDED FOR THE BASIC WALL COLOR, SINCE IT CAN BE EASILY MAINTAINED, IS NOT INSTITUTIONAL IN FEELING, AND EXPANDS WALL SPACE. BRIGHT, BOLD ACCENT COLORS CAN BE USED ON A MODERATE WALL IN EACH CELL, USED TO PAINT FIXED FEATURES WITHIN A CELL, OR COMBINED TO CREATE SUPERGRAPHICS. STRONG COLORS CAN STIMULATE INMATE REHABILITATION, BUT INTENSITIES AND SATURATIONS OF COLORS SHOULD BE CHOSEN WITH CAUTION TO PREVENT THIS SINGLE ELEMENT OF THE PRECEIVABLE ENVIRONMENT FROM BECOMING OBNOXIOUS OR DEPRESSING. CERTAIN SHADES OF BLUE, RED, BLACK, AND YELLOW SHOULD BE AVOIDED BECAUSE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL CONNOTATIONS. A POSITIVE RESULT OF MORE CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT IS OFTEN NOTED IN THE CORRECTIONAL OR INSTITUTIONAL STAFF AS WELL. BESIDES RAISING STAFF MORALE, COLOR CAN BE INCORPORATED INTO THE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AS A CODING SYSTEM. FOR EXAMPLE, DOORS PAINTED A CERTAIN COLOR CAN DENOTE A SPECIFIC FUNCTION. THUS, BY USING APPROPRIATE COLORS, CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES CAN HELP TO INFLUENCE AN INMATE TOWARD CONSTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR. THE REPORT INCLUDES A COLOR INDEX, FOOTNOTES, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND COLOR SAMPLES. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Architectural design; Correctional facilities; Environmental quality; Facility conditions; Facility security; Inmate attitudes; Personnel retention; Standards; Work attitudes
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