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Planning for Justice Facilities Conference - Conference Summary, October 18-20, 1984, Savannah, Georgia

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65 pages
Summaries of 13 papers covering aspects of architectural planning in the construction of criminal justice facilities are presented.
Trends which will have an impact on criminal justice facility planning and design are examined. These include a decreasing crime rate, tougher public attitudes toward crime, an increasing prison population, an emphasis on prison cost control, and changes in the prison population and sentence lengths. The role of the public in prison planning and design is considered within the context of experiences in South Carolina. The economics of disincarceration are discussed in terms of the costs of crime. Trends in the privatization of criminal justice programs and facilities also are reviewed. The architect's role in the planning process, particularly in evaluating the effects of space utilization and design on inmate behavior, is discussed. Planning issues in court design in Georgia and Utah are examined, as are the complexities of prison site acquisition. Public reactions to proposed justice facilities are discussed as they relate to the economic impact of the facilities on the community. Emphasis is on the need for public education and open communication in the planning process. Development of a 10-year comprehensive corrections facility plan in Utah is described. Finally, financial considerations in small county/town corrections planning are delineated. Appendixes include a discussion of prison overcrowding and the economic and other costs associated with the increasing trend toward disincarceration, issues in private sector participation in the adult corrections field, the conference agenda, and listings of speakers and exhibitors.