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NCJ Number: 93923 Find in a Library
Title: Design Guide for Secure Adult Correctional Facilities
Corporate Author: American Correctional Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 214
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
Grant Number: EA-O
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In presenting design guidelines for secure adult correctional facilities, this book takes into account advanced correctional practices that encourage greater interaction between staff and inmates, the use of decentralized forms of inmate management, reduction of physical barriers separating staff and inmates, and greater reliance on professional supervision of inmates rather than mere observation or policies and procedures that are essentially reactive.
Abstract: The guidelines are presented under the general topics of planning, design, and construction process; inmate housing; inmate services; inmate programs; administrative functions; service facilities; and security features. Discussions pertaining to planning, design, and construction focus on pre-design planning, site selection and acquisition, the architectural program, architectural and engineering services, construction methods, and general design and construction issues. The discussions of inmate housing consider both general and segregated housing, while guidelines for inmate services address admissions and discharge, medical facility, food service, canteen, mail room, and personal care services. The discussion of design for inmate programs gives attention to orientation, visiting, education, vocational training, recreation, religious programs, multi-use areas, and industrial programs. Design for administrative functions considers the administrative offices, staff training and services, and information management and research. Guidelines pertaining to service facilities focus on plant maintenance department, the safety and sanitation office, garage and warehouses, and the utility systems and power house. The concluding section on security features presents guidelines for building security, the control center, the compound perimeter, entrances, the armory and locksmith shop, and roads and parking. The guidelines give full consideration to the standards developed by the American Correctional Association in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, as well as those developed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Appendixes consider staffing guidelines and correctional standards. Illustrative photographs and a subject index are included.
Index Term(s): Architectural design; Facility conditions; Prison construction
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