Greening the Department of
Correction and Rehabilitation
          By Isabella Chaussy
                3/17/09
Explanation




 This class is all about how we can move towards a sustainable society.
  I could not help but think of th...
What is it like now?
       Prison Population




1.8 million Americans live in Prisons across the
country




 More than ...
What is it like now?
                   Unsustainable, unsightly structures

   Concrete, Steel, hard impermeable surfaces...
What is it like now?
                     Huge Costs & Bad Health




Due to bad living conditions and severe overcrowding...
What is it like now?
     Overcrowding & lack of work programs




With the use of tough-on-crime mandatory sentencing law...
What is being done?

                 Bastoey Island, Norway: Minimum Security
                 115 inmates are housed in ...
What could be done?
 Design - Site
What could be done?
                       Design - Site

   Electric vehicles for Transportation and maintenance around
t...
What could be done?
                             Design – Housing Unit

                          Natural light           ...
What could be done?
                            Management/Programs
The prison should offer a range of activities to preve...
Sustainable Benefits
•   Smaller ecological footprint
•   Triple Bottom Line Accounting:
           Profit: Energy and Lab...
The End
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This was the Final Project for the Principles of Sustainable Design class. We were asked to address any issue we considered to need a more sustainable approach

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Sustainable Prison Proposal

  1. 1. Greening the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation By Isabella Chaussy 3/17/09
  2. 2. Explanation This class is all about how we can move towards a sustainable society. I could not help but think of the saying: a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So, to become truly sustainable shouldn’t we consider some of our society’s weakest links? For this reason I decided to take a look at today’s prison system.
  3. 3. What is it like now? Prison Population 1.8 million Americans live in Prisons across the country More than 170,000 are currently incarcerated in California
  4. 4. What is it like now? Unsustainable, unsightly structures Concrete, Steel, hard impermeable surfaces, gloomy cells every aspect of the design emphasises punishment rather than rehabilitation Correction agencies want the cheapest cage they can buy. This results in a straightforward, industrial-like building design They are eyesores for the surrounding communities but for security reasons it is necessary for the surrounding landscape to be flat causing it to have even more visual impact
  5. 5. What is it like now? Huge Costs & Bad Health Due to bad living conditions and severe overcrowding, medical and mental healthcare has become substandard. Nearly 2/3 of inmates in California are substance abusers, yet only about 2% of them are professionally treated while in prison The reason for this is lack of funds even though last year 9.7 million was spent on the prison system, an Average of 35,ooo per prisoner
  6. 6. What is it like now? Overcrowding & lack of work programs With the use of tough-on-crime mandatory sentencing laws, the prison population continues to grow and the inability to provide proper rehabilitation means the recidivism rate is high In California almost 2/3 of released felons return to prison within 3 years of being released. Despite numerous studies showing that education is the most effective way to reduce recidivism, most prison extension classes have been abolished. Other forms of job training have shrunk, and although an estimated 70% of prisoners are illiterate, access to reading materials and even exercise equipment is increasingly restricted
  7. 7. What is being done? Bastoey Island, Norway: Minimum Security 115 inmates are housed in Bastoey Island low security prison which uses solar panels for energy, produces most of its own food, recycles everything it can and tries to reduce its carbon footprint. Monroe Correctional Complex, Washington: LEED Silver The Monroe complex received LEED silver certification for its intensive management unit and segregation unit. The complex achieved sustainable features points in all six LEED categories Will Alsop: “Creative Prison” In collaboration with Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) and UK prisoners, Will Aslop designed a student housing type prison with the rehabilitation of the prisoner as the primary objective
  8. 8. What could be done? Design - Site
  9. 9. What could be done? Design - Site Electric vehicles for Transportation and maintenance around the prison grounds and on-site charging station will reduce the need for fossil fuels Native and drought resistant plants for landscape foliage reduce the need for irrigation Down lighting on the housing units and shaded landscape lighting, in addition to individually operable Spotlights when needed, reduce night time light pollution Vertical Gardens along the exterior of the wall help break up the prison’s visual impact on the landscape.
  10. 10. What could be done? Design – Housing Unit Natural light Solar PV panels Passive solar heating and cooling Natural ventilation
  11. 11. What could be done? Management/Programs The prison should offer a range of activities to prevent boredom amongst the inmates, improve their personal health and teach them valuable skills Such activities could be: • Tending to their housing units Garden • Keeping bees •Education •Learning skills like carpentry, electrical wiring, etc. • Being trained for green collar jobs • Recycling • Yoga & Exercise • Work release programs • Substance abuse treatment •Behavioural therapy
  12. 12. Sustainable Benefits • Smaller ecological footprint • Triple Bottom Line Accounting: Profit: Energy and Labour cost savings Planet: prisoners are contributing positively to the environment and are learning valuable skills for sustainable living People: Improved prisoner health through social interaction, outdoor activities and less toxic environments • Instil a sense of responsibility and prepare them for an eco-conscious life once they leave prison, both to provide for themselves and their families as well as being able to work in green collar jobs Additional Benefits • Lower recidivism • Instead of reducing crime by incarcerating more people it is reducing crime through education and rehabilitation
  13. 13. The End (Any questions?)

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