AIA AAJ Blog 3 - Upcoming AAJ Session Topic, Addressing Mental Health Needs in Detention Facilities


Session day and time: October 30th from 8:30-9:30.

The statistics are eye-opening. A study published a few years ago by the Bureau of Justice Statistics cited that within the state prison system, 73 percent of women and 55 of men have at least one mental health problem. It’s no secret that mental health issues are prevalent amongst our incarcerated population, however, recognizing the need to address these issues is the first step to successfully reintegrating these individuals into society and reducing the high rate of recidivism in the United States.

In this session, our speakers, Bruce Henley, AIA, Adam Gelb, Beverly Priori, FAIA, Michelle Robinette and Curtiss Pulitzer, will provide insight into the problems facing our country’s facilities today. They will walk you through how two distinct facilities, the Los Angeles County Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) and a recently completed and now operational mental health rehabilitation center in Tulsa, OK, are navigating the issues and addressing this crisis. Beginning with an understanding of the population and dynamics of each facility and moving into the design scope, drivers, and challenges presented within each unique instance, you will understand the positive impact of design and the role it played in addressing the mental health needs of these detention facilities.


By: Christian Springfield, Project Manager at Wakefield Beasley & Associates [link to:] Connect with the Author: