Justice Innovations: Shifting the Paradigm
In recent years, a growing number of jurisdictions have focused on evidence-based deflection and diversion initiatives, specialized Courts, restorative and transformative in-custody practices, and community support services for those returning to their communities. Not only do these efforts decrease the number of people entering the justice system, but they also help reduce reliance on police arrests, costly visits to emergency rooms, and jail bookings as the default solutions to public health and public safety issues.
The 2023 AIA AAJ Conference in Washington, D.C. capitalizes on this paradigm shift by providing an opportunity for architects, engineers, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to examine the evolving landscape of research-based interventions, sentencing alternatives, and architectural responses to traditional correctional settings that exist before, during, and after involvement in the justice system, including:
Crisis, early intervention responses and access to community-based care
Deflection, pre-arrest and post-arrest diversion
Specialty courts, alternative dispute resolution and alternative sentencing models
Therapeutic communities and specialized housing units
Re-entry resources that support community restoration
Post-release models of continued support and engagement
Focusing on the full justice spectrum and continuum of care, we can define this intersection of public health and public safety and the innovations/improvements in architectural form and infrastructure needed to create a new typology of buildings. Together we can rethink the paradigm shift to a human services model of access to healthcare and justice and reimagine how justice can be delivered to create a more humane, just, and equitable system.
Hotel reservations now accepted!
Hilton Washington DC National Mall
480 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024
Guests can also call 800 HILTONS [(800) 445 8667] to make reservation with group code: AAJ23