The risk of ‘a cold conservatism’ in correctional facility design: the case for design innovation

Publisher:
International Corrections and Prisons Association
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Advancing Corrections, 2016, 1 (1), pp. 1 - 12 (12)
Issue Date:
2016-05-13
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This paper examines the relationship between physical design and risk within modern correctional practice. It seeks to identify the potential risks and paradoxes of the current emphasis on considering correctional design primarily as a means of reducing security risks. We suggest that innovation in correctional design is required that embeds meanings that both support the goals of security risk management, but also the goals of reducing reoffending risk and promoting desistance. Drawing on a case study of the design and evaluation of a correctional education facility, we contend that innovative correctional design more broadly can be a stronger force for managing risk to promote desistance in corrections.
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