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Jail Planning and Expansion: Local Officials and Their Roles

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James R. Robertson
Date Published
January 2003
43 pages
This document provides a framework for understanding the development process in jail planning and expansion and the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders.
Due, partly to the special construction materials and systems used to make jails secure, planning and constructing a jail is more technically complex and costly than most other construction projects. The facility development process includes; the phases, steps, and procedures to plan, design, construct, and open a new jail. This same process is also required for the renovation or expansion of an existing jail. This document is intended to serve two primary purposes. It outlines the process elected officials and other policymakers follow when planning, building, and occupying new or expanded jails. It also describes the roles participants play in the process, the decisions they make, and the products that result from the process. Exhibits and bibliography