As with other justice services, there is a paradigm shift occurring in detention. Clients no longer want to incarcerate offenders in the same way they did 20 years ago. This change involves evaluating pre-trial services, identifying alternatives to incarceration and finding ways to provide access to medical and mental health services. Societal norms are changing, and detention facilities must be responsive and flexible to these changes.
Shive-Hattery understands that this unique approach also impacts detention facility size, design and operations. Longevity is important, but so are operational efficiency and compliance with standards.
Whether your detention facility has 20 beds or 2,000 beds, it should be designed to decrease movement and make the most of sight lines and visibility to protect staff and offenders. The right detention facility – one that is secure and restorative – can help promote staff retention and reduce operational costs. The design of a detention facility should positively influence its occupants.
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