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LOCAL CORRECTIONS

L. A. County Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility, CA

Faced with a rapidly growing cohort of inmates with serious mental illness and significant medical concerns, Los Angeles County hired P/BA and Health Management Associates to prepare an analysis of the proposed treatment and operational plans for a new treatment-centric facility to replace the current Men’s Central Jail. Based on our team’s analysis of facility needs and initiatives to divert from custody those persons who could safely and appropriately receive services in the community, the County Board of Supervisors voted to proceed with a new 3885-bed facility and they have now reached out to our team again to advance the planning of this dual track approach to addressing the needs of this very difficult population. Working with the County CEO’s office, the Department of Health Services, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the County’s Department of Public Works and AECOM, we have been assisting in the development of scoping documents that will become the basis for the design of the new $2.3 billion treatment facility. In addition, P/BA was tasked with developing the staffing model for the new facility, including all health care staffing and custody, programmatic and civilian staffing.

Westchester County, NY and U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement Monitoring

David Bogard continues to serve as the Jail Monitor for a Settlement Agreement entered into by Westchester County and the United States Department of Justice. The Agreement addresses a number of operational issues in the facilities operated by the Westchester County Department of Correction including: use of force, 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.

Dane County, WI

P/BA has been retained with Meade+Hunt and Potter Lawson, Architects to prepare the next stage of master planning and operations analysis for the County’s two outdated jails. Our current work includes a review of PREA compliance, analysis of solitary confinement practices and operational needs, identification of staffing and operational approaches to mitigate life safety deficiencies, planning/programming to address critical medical and mental health needs and working with the architects to prepare phased plans to reconfigure and enhance the jail facilities. In addition we are developing inmate population forecasts and population management scenarios to examine opportunities to improve criminal justice practices, with improved outcomes for inmates entering the criminal justice system.

St. Thomas, VI

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 bi-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, inmate programming, grievance procedures, training and several other categories related to security and safety. An additional component of the services is providing technical assistance to the VI Bureau of Corrections relative to initiatives designed to advance compliance efforts.

Camden County, NJ

We continue to assist Camden County in our role as healthcare contract monitors for the Camden County Correctional Facility.

Harris County (Houston), TX

After many years of attempts to secure funding for a consolidated, joint processing center to serve the City of Houston and Harris County, a referendum was passed in 2013 and the project was authorized to proceed. P/BA was asked by the City and County to work with the project architects- PGAL- to serve in the role of operations consultants and as advisors for the design 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. P/BA is continuing to support the project in the areas of document reviews and selection of FF&E.

STATE CORRECTIONS

State of Nebraska

P/BA has recently updated the Program Statement that was completed in 2015 for the new Reception and Treatment Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The revised programming effort resulted in a phased approach to the project allowing for critical improvements to be built, including treatment beds for the highest acuity levels for offenders with medical and mental diagnoses housed in existing facilities operated by the Nebraska Department of Corrections. In addition, the plan consolidates operations at the exiting Lincoln Correctional Center and the adjacent Diagnostic and Evaluation Center into a single facility. The final report was submitted to the Governor and Legislature and is waiting for funding to be approved in early 2017.

JUVENILE JUSTICE

New York City Adolescent Detention

P/BA was hired by the City of New York to develop a master plan for relocating adolescents ages 16-17 off of Rikers Island pursuant to a federal law suit requiring an appropriate environment, programs and treatment for that age group, who are considered adults under New York State Law. While legislation is pending to raise the age so that adolescents will be legally viewed as juveniles, we were tasked with developing the operational and architectural program for a new 256 bed facility at the site of the current juvenile facility, Horizons, located in the Bronx. The facility is being planned to be flexible and mimic the new Crossroads juvenile facility while allowing for the Department of Correction to initially operate the facility until the raise the age initiative becomes law. We area also providing design review support the firms we are collaborating with: Graham Copeland Engineers and Urbahn Architects.

New York City Juvenile Detention

P/BA was hired by the City of New York to develop a master plan for consolidating the juvenile detention population (ages 15 and under) into a single consolidated facility at the site of the current juvenile detention facility in Brooklyn. We developed the operational and architectural programming and staffing for the new 128 bed facility and are providing design review support to the firms we are collaborating with, Graham Copeland Engineers and Urbahn Architects. The existing juvenile facility in the Bronx, Horizons, will serve as interim consolidated facility until the new consolidated facility can be completed.

Louisiana

P/BA provided programming and design review services for two new juvenile facilities to be operated by the State Office of Juvenile Justice–the new Jetson Center for Youth in Baton Rouge and the Swanson Center in Monroe that will replace older facilities that are not deemed to be conducive to the type of therapeutic environment necessary to serve the youth. The two new $20 million, 72 bed treatment campuses will be very similar, with general population housing and 24 beds of specialized mental health housing, plus extensive vocational programming, academic education and other essential services. The project mission will be to create new campuses for the Office of Juvenile Justice to strengthen the development of a new vision for Intensive Residential Care based on a therapeutic model of treatment, in particular for those juveniles with behavioral health problems. The project is waiting for funding to be approved by the legislature. We are teamed with Grace Hebert Architects on these projects.

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

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 five 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 issues including operations, abuse reporting/investigations, mental health care, education, staffing, fire safety and physical plant. Within the overall structure and charge of the Monitor’s Office, P/BA’s principals and a senior associate are specifically charged with monitoring and providing technical assistance for provisions including segregation housing, use of force, maintenance, fire safety and capital planning.