Tandon in the News

Special report: London, Windsor jailhouse reality check


Richard Elliot Wener is a professor of environmental psychology at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

… The [Windsor Jail], is shiny and new, designed so correctional officers are stationed in the living units in order to build relationships and control situations before they explode into serious confrontations. … The classification of inmates is a key factor in making direct supervision work, Richard Wener, an environmental psychology researcher at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University [now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering], said. … There are also studies suggesting direct supervision works best when correctional officers have the power to mete out small punishments, such as a lack of canteen privileges, without going through a huge bureaucracy, Wener said.

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