The Jail of the Future Looks...Nice?
It's more country club than gloomy fortress
- Jacqueline Detwiler for Popular Mechanics August 19th, 2015
- Source: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/design/a16980/how-to-build-a-better-jail/
If you've ever been to Las Vegas, you know that environment can manipulate behavior, encouraging you to stay out later or spend more money without realizing it. It's the same in prison: Depressing conditions and a draconian culture can encourage poor behavior, which leads to longer punishments—at tax-payers' expense. Prison is meant to deter crime, not foment it. For this reason, two architecture firms, KMD and HMC, used design principles from colleges and hospitals to build a women's jail in San Diego that could reduce assault, vandalism, and, eventually, recidivism.