Encouraging visitors : a new set of guidelines for designing prison visitors’ centres

Conias, Emmanuel & Guaralda, Mirko (2013) Encouraging visitors : a new set of guidelines for designing prison visitors’ centres. Architecture Research, 3(4), pp. 51-61.

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Visitors to prison are generally innocent of committing crime, but their interaction with inmates has been studied as a possible incentive to reduce recidivism. The way visitors’ centres are currently designed takes in consideration mainly security principles and the needs of guards or prison management. The human experience of the relatives or friends aiming to provide emotional support to inmates is usually not considered; facilities have been designed with an approach that often discourages people from visiting. This paper discusses possible principles to design prison visitors’ centres taking in consideration practical needs, but also human factors. A comparative case study analysis of different secure typologies, like libraries, airports or children hospitals, provides suggestions about how to approach the design of prison in order to ensure the visitor is not punished for the crimes of those they are visiting.

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ID Code: 62063
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: doi:10.5923/j.arch.20130304.01
Keywords: Prison, Users' experience, Secure environments
ISSN: 2168-5088
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Scientific & Academic Publishing
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2013 23:53
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2013 09:13

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