The physical capacity of detention and correctional facilities involves consideration of a number of factors, such as the estimated capacity at which a facility can be run safely and the number of inmates that planners and architects designed a facility to house. In this episode we discuss all things capacity – what goes into determining capacity and how are these decisions reached? How are architects and planners involved? We also address the proverbial elephant in the room – overcrowding – and what’s being done to mitigate some of the substantial negative impacts that crowding has on inmates and staff.


Greg Barker


Greg Allen Barker, AIA began his consulting practice in 2003, providing specialized services defining and evaluating facility projects.  His core services include needs assessment, system and physical master planning, architectural programming, post occupancy evaluation, and construction observation.  While Mr. Barker’s methods are applicable to any type of facility, the majority of his work involves criminal justice projects such as jails, courthouses, and public safety buildings.

Greg has been married for 40 years and has an adult daughter living in Washington, DC.  He has way too many leisure activities, including aikido, sailing, studying Spanish and French, and vexillology.  He has not played the drums since he gave away his drum set when he moved to Illinois to attend school, but he now plays classical and jazz piano.  He and his wife have lived in San Luis Obispo for the last 35 years.

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