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The Southwest Detention Centre Building a Good News Story for a Regional Detention Centre

The South West Detention Centre is a new 140,000 SF Provincial detention centre located on 30 acres in Windsor, Ontario. Housing 315 maximum security beds, the facility has been carefully designed for flexibility, safety and accessibility; the facility is capable of supporting diverse and...


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Presentation on the Toronto South Detention Center

The Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) is a large correctional facility in the south-west part of Toronto. The project was delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Design Build Finance Maintain (DBFM) program. Substantially complete in September 2012, it will house 1650 inmates. In addition...


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A New Facility Typology for Women in Detention

The San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility is a new 1,216-bed, prototype campus resulting in an ambiance which is distinctly transformative, and creates a welcome neighbourhood presence. The facility will provide as many “normative” qualities as possible, pushing the envelope on the very...


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AIA-AAJ Conference 2011: Five Principles of a High Performance Detention Center

Using the recently designed and currently under construction Douglas County, Georgia Detention Center and Law Enforcement Facility as a case study, the course will outline strategies to achieve the five principals of a high performance detention center: 1. Optimize staff environment 2. Support...

2011AAJ Five Principles of High Performance Detention1.pdf

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AIA-AAJ Conference 2011: Measuring Effectiveness: Evidence-Based Detention Facilities Design

Money for new detention facilities is scarce. Architects can help justify the construction of new facilities through a rigorous examination of key challenges that the proposed new facility needs to solve. The effectiveness approach to detention facility design begins in the programming and...

2011AAJ Evidence based detention facility design1.pdf

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AIA-AAJ Conference 2011-Design/Build in Corrections Environments: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

Alternative project delivery methods are being more utilized in the planning, design, and construction of detention and correctional facilities. The various forms of design/build have redefined the roles and responsibilities of the participating parties. What variations exist, pros/cons, and how...

2011AAJ Design-Build In Corrections Environments1.pdf

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AIA-AAJ Conference 2011: Justice Design for a New Economy

Current economic times require governments and their architects to deliver more with less. This presentation utilizes three recent Michigan county detention and court projects to demonstrate methods to improve operation, security and efficiency within limited budgets including review of their...

2011AAJ Justice Design for a New Economy21.pdf

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Urban Jail Savings through Consolidation

Wayne County, Michigan initiated a new consolidated jail to replace three older facilities as an anchor for a rejuvenated criminal justice center in downtown Detroit. Sufficient savings annually through technology, staffing efficiency, and lower energy, maintenance and medical costs will more...


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A Healing Facility: An Inuit Response to Incarceration

The recently completed Rankin Inlet Healing Facility is a purpose built medium security prison that has been designed around the traditional Inuit notion that only those that are ill can commit a crime. The session will explore the basis of this understanding, how it has informed a unique design...