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Jail Design Review Handbook

NCJ Number
Mark Goldman
Date Published
July 2003
126 pages
This handbook is a tool and reference guide in the planning and design review process of jails, organized in a checklist format by jail areas or components, such as housing and food services.
This guidebook was developed for any jurisdiction planning and designing a new jail or renovating or building an addition to an existing one, and for a sheriff, jail administrator, corrections officer, jail health services manager, public works manager, or city or county official. This guide will assist the architects and engineers as well as local jurisdiction officials do a much better job of reviewing the design, especially in the conceptual options and schematic design phases. The majority of the guide is a checklist to use when reviewing designs, and is organized accordingly. The guide is organized into five chapters. The first defines design review, explains its benefits, and suggests possible participants in the process. The design review in the context of the entire design and construction process is described in the second chapter. The third chapter helps prepare detention and correctional administrators, and others for design review, as well as describing the types of early-phase drawings. In the fourth chapter, checklists are provided, which contain lists of questions to ask during design review. The concluding chapter presents the next steps in the decisionmaking process in the design of a jail. Exhibits and appendixes (glossary and bibliography)