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Findings Cost Savings in Linking Design to Operations

NCJ Number
Corrections Today Magazine Volume: 66 Issue: 3 Dated: June 2004 Pages: 70-73
Jeff Goodale; Larry Chandler
Date Published
June 2004
4 pages
This article describes the benefits of designing correctional facilities to support key operational goals.
Containing costs in the new or expanded construction of correctional facilities involves more than reviewing material costs. Smart correctional construction should cater to the operational goals of the facility. Careful planning and design can produce a facility that has the capacity for both direct and indirect supervision, future facility expansion, low maintenance upkeep, and security enhancements. Using the redesign process of the prisons of the Kentucky Department of Corrections, the authors illustrate how smart correctional construction can keep operating costs to a minimum while enhancing the efficiency and security of the facilities. It is important to keep in mind that corrections missions change over time and correctional facilities invariably expand; thus leaving rational access to future contractors for expansion purposes provides savings in the future. In terms of security and technology, smart facility design can reduce the need for expensive technology and allow more direct supervision of inmates. Another money-saving tip involves the early collaboration of the architect, facility managers, and contractors; such early collaboration reduces later confusion and enhances design efforts. Careful planning is the key to successful correctional facility construction that will keep long-term operating costs to a minimum and flexibly bend to changing operational missions. Figures