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Environment

Trauma-Informed Design

Among justice-involved individuals, histories of trauma are remarkably common. Unfortunately, justice environments, and in particular correctional environments, can be traumatic in and of themselves. In the episode I speak to visionary architect, Frank Greene, about how the implementation of Trauma-Informed [...]
Environment

All About Capacity

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 [...]
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Mental Health

It's grim, but true: county jails are the largest mental health provider in the United States. Practitioners in these facilities are on the front lines of the mental health crisis, working in facilities that may not be equipped to support [...]
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Sustainable Justice

The American Institute of Architects - Academy of Architecture for Justice (AIA-AAJ) Sustainable Justice Committee (SJC) developed out of the following question: “Close your eyes and imagine it is 2030, and everything we have ever hoped for in creating a [...]
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Deflection & Diversion

Jurisdictions around the country have been actively developing policies and practices to provide alternatives to traditional justice-involvement, particularly for those with mental health and substance use disorders. These pre-arrest and pretrial strategies, deflection and diversion, respectively, include a broad range [...]
Environment

Environmental Quality

Over the past twenty years, significant strides have been made to prioritize consideration of specific environmental qualities in the design of detention and correctional settings. Research has demonstrated more and more the importance of the application of these features, including [...]