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The Facility Design and Operation topic offers news and expert columns on the construction and management of prisons — from how architectural choices can affect inmate behavior to upgrades and closures.

Equipping Florida correctional institutions with a proper HVAC system could take up to 20 years to complete and would require the state spend $582 million
The auditing firm recommends the DOC build three new prisons and two new hospitals over the next 20 years, and close four aging prisons
In October 2022, there was a daily average of 835 total people in jail; it has increased 32% this year
“The more people, the more tensions, the more risk for individuals to fight, to create other issues in our facility,” Ada County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Shem McCulloch said
The Greene County sheriff said the new facility will help address needs for mental health services and better equip inmates to reenter society
Sheriff Tyree Jones said the jail now has fewer than 400 people being held in other pods, which should alleviate some concerns about short staffing and help ensure public safety
Allegations made to the civilian oversight board include overflowing toilets, racial insensitivity and lack of sanitation gear for inmates
Insufficient state funding and a deteriorating 125-year-old facility compound safety challenges for both inmates and staff
A strong relationship between a correctional facility and an ombudsman is critical in the pursuit of excellence
Picking a firm with correctional facility design experience is an important decision in multiyear process to build a new Lancaster county prison
COs, inmate activists ask for better conditions amid concerns over reduced social time, extreme heat and retaliation fears
COs are monitoring people inside the unairconditioned housing units for heat-related health problems
The country takes a radically different approach to rehabilitating those it incarcerates
The report outlines the steps the Penobscot County sheriff and staff need to take to comply with PREA. It also said a new jail would allow for better surveillance
Penobscot County is looking to hire a marketing firm that would present educational details to the public about the need for a new jail, which would have to be approved by the voters