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Exploring Jail Construction Options

NCJ Number
Roll Call Dated: special issue (November 1992) Pages: complete issue
Date Published
16 pages
This report explores economical options for jail construction, considering the budget constraints that limit renovations or the new construction of jail space.
Like prison populations, local jail populations have increased during the past decade to a current total of 405,320. Local jurisdictions almost always need to explore a variety of options for increasing space, including renovation or expansion of existing facilities as well as new construction. The planning process should include a needs assessment, decisions regarding operational philosophy, an evaluation of the current facility, and development of all options. Time, cost, and quality should all be considered. The two basic project delivery approaches are the sequential design/bid/build and design/build. Variations include fast-track construction, the use of construction systems such as precast components, and multiple trade contracts. Four case studies from jurisdictions in Maine illustrate the importance of preparation, participation from community leaders, and openness regarding information and data. Detention managers can also improve their relationships with the communities they serve by becoming aware of and using effective public relations strategies. Photographs, tables, and checklists

Date Published: January 1, 1992