Security at correctional amenities varies from security at other government buildings as measures are used to keep people in, not out. For this reason, it is imperative to create and maintain a safe and comfortable facility and to minimize outside environmental factors, which could ultimately impact the morale of offenders and lead to increased security concerns
Fremont, CA: Government facilities are expected to run effectually while ensuring safe, sustainable, and comfortable environment for citizens. The same holds for correctional facilities, with the additional need to provide adequate housing, dining, recreational activities, and healthcare for its residents. Today, many correctional facilities are going through infrastructure challenges and financial constraints, making it even difficult to fulfill the basic needs of the inmates and officers. Correctional facilities must look toward innovative funding opportunities and new technologies to help them accomplish their cherished goals of reducing criminal activity while creating a safe and sustainable setting.
Correctional Facilities Today
Crumbling infrastructure, deferred maintenance, and leaping utility bills take a toll on correctional facilities, today. With the population dangerously on the rise, these issues continue to demand a larger share of tax dollars. However, state leaders are left with little available funding not only to address the issues, but to improve infrastructure for better operational efficiency in the years to come.
Security at correctional facilities differs from security at other government buildings as measures are used to keep people in, not out. For this reason, it is imperative to create and maintain a safe and comfortable facility and to minimize outside environmental factors, which could ultimately impact the morale of offenders and lead to increased security concerns. Many overlook comfort as a necessity for correctional facilities, but with inmates sleeping, eating, and living on the grounds, creating a performance infrastructure that enables a comfortable environment directly correlates to the safety of both inmates and officers at the facility.
Corrections administrators aim to reduce energy costs, address ongoing maintenance needs, and improve infrastructure without added budget or funding — which can often seem like an impossible feat for a government facility. For establishing this goal, it’s crucial for correctional facilities to seek innovative funding options at the planning and budget phase.
Some correctional facilities have developed vocational programs for inmates to participate in to help gain employment upon their release and help reduce recidivism. These skill building sessions help reduce overpopulation and juggle rising costs of housing inmates. The programs can also be mutually beneficial for the state. With inmates eventually applying skills learned through a vocational program in the workforce, the state gains support for initiatives that otherwise might have been put on hold.