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Recent news

LOCAL CORRECTIONS

Miami-Dade Courts and Correctional Facilities Master Plan, FL

In 2008, P/BA completed a corrections master plan for Miami-Dade County Corrections. In 2017 we were selected to update the original plan in conjunction with the County’s development of a new criminal courts master plan. The updated plan addresses complying with a recent DOJ Settlement Agreement, housing and treating an increasing number of inmates with serious mental illness, and remedying an aging infrastructure. A key goal of the master plan is developing capital and operating scenarios to allow for the pre-trial detention population to be housed in new facilities adjacent to the criminal courts, thus eliminating the need to rely on extensive bussing of inmates to court. In addition appropriate new housing solutions for inmates with chronic medical conditions and/or acute and sub-acute mental illness will be provided. Expanded health care services will also reduce the need to transport inmates to local hospital and clinics saving significant transportation costs.

Westchester County, NY Settlement Agreement Monitoring

David Bogard continues to serve as the Jail Monitor for a CRIPA based Settlement Agreement entered into by Westchester County and the United States Department of Justice. The Agreement addresses a wide range of operational issues in the facilities operated by the Westchester County Department of Correction including: use of force, training, treatment of minors, inmate discipline, internal oversight, employee discipline, grievance systems, classification, and medical and mental health care. David is supported in this effort by P/BA operational and health care staff.

St. Thomas, USVI Settlement Agreement Monitoring

David Bogard continues to serve as the Joint Security Expert in a Federal Court action, Carty v. Mapp/Territory of the Virgin Islands. Pursuant to a Settlement Agreement, he is charged with conducting semi-annual compliance evaluations of operations in the Territory’s two jails, located in St. Thomas, VI. Areas of oversight and monitoring include use of force safety, contraband reduction, grievance procedures, inmate discipline, investigations, training and several other categories related to security and safety.

Camden County, NJ

We continue to assist Camden County in our role as healthcare contract monitors for the Camden County Correctional Facility. This year, our scope was expanded to include monitoring of health care at the County’s Juvenile Detention Center.

Harris County/City of Houston Consolidated Processing Center, Houston, TX

After developing the program and operational scheme for a new joint processing center to serve the City of Houston and Harris County, P/BA is now working with the project architects- PGAL- as advisors for the design of the facility, P/BA is now advising during the final planning for opening of the facility. This Center will operate using open booking and direct supervision principles, and will accommodate upwards of 125,000 admissions annually. Plans for re-entry services and diversion to community mental health programs are key components of the facility’s operations. Elimination of the duplication inherent in both the City and County operating jail facilities will generate the savings necessary to retire the bonds. Construction began in August 2015 and the projected opening date is 2018.

STATE CORRECTIONS

Illinois Department of Corrections, Joliet Inpatient Treatment Center

P/BA is providing planning, programming, staffing and operations consulting services for the creation of a new 210 bed mental health and medical hospital for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The new facility is to be located and integrated with the existing Joliet Treatment Center. This unique facility will treat patients with medical illnesses when there is no other facility capable of providing the long term skilled nursing care that the patients require. Moreover, the hospital will house patients who are acutely mentally ill and who meet the criteria for involuntary hospital level treatment. The $150 million project is scheduled to be operational in 2021. P/BA is working with HOK Architects who are developing the bridging documents for the project.

Delaware Baylor Mental Health Treatment Facility

Faced with increasing numbers of seriously mentally ill offenders, the Delaware DOC selected the team of P/BA and Tetra-Tech to program and plan a new 50 bed mental health treatment unit on the grounds of the existing Baylor Women’s Facility. We are analyzing the mental health needs for all the women housed at the facility and will be developing the operational and architectural program and the staffing and projected operating costs for the facility. We will also be developing strategies in developing a continuum of care for the female offenders diagnosed with serious mental illness.

Maine Correctional Center Renovation Project

The State of Maine Department of Corrections has hired P/BA and SMRT Architects to implement final programming and design changes that were recommended in the firms’ previous master planning work for the Maine Correctional Center (MCC) in Windham.

JUVENILE JUSTICE

Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, TX

P/BA is working with the project architects- PGAL- to serve in the role of operations specialists, facility programmers and design consultants for the new juvenile facility to be operated by the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department The new facility will house 208 pre-adjudicated and 112 post-adjudicated juveniles up to the age of 17. A key focus of the facility will be to provide specialized mental health services. The $75 million facility is scheduled to be under construction by the end of 2018.

New York City Raise The Age Facility Planning

P/BA has been assisting the City of New York in developing the operational and spatial requirements to renovate and expand the City’s two existing juvenile facilities- Horizon in the Bronx and Crossroads in Brooklyn- to meet both the needs of the juvenile operating agency (ACS), as well as to prepare the facilities to accept 16 and 17 year old adolescents, who are now housed on Rikers Island. This initiative is a result of a recent change in state law to “Raise the Age” of adult responsibility from 16 to 18. We were tasked with developing the program for both an interim phase to commence in October 2018 as well as a long term plan that will require an extensive remodeling and expansion of the two facilities and creation of a new Intake and Assessment Center after 2020. We are collaborating with Urbahn Architects on this work.

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Juvenile Facilities Compliance Monitoring

We continue our involvement with the Office of the Federal Court Monitor overseeing a Settlement Agreement and Consent Order governing conditions in Puerto Rico’s juvenile correctional facilities. David Bogard is serving as Chief Deputy Monitor, playing a pivotal role in the day-to-day management of the overall monitoring activities that address a range of conditions of confinement issues. Within the overall structure and charge of the Monitor’s Office, P/BA’s principals are specifically charged with monitoring and providing technical assistance for provisions including room confinement, use of force, maintenance, fire safety and capital planning.