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Williamson County Justice System Master Planning, TN

P/BA was recently selected to serve as planners and programmers for the county’s Juvenile Services system, adult detention facilities, Sheriff’s Office and the Courts as part of a comprehensive Criminal Justice System master plan for Williamson County, TN, a rapidly growing suburb of Nashville. Working with a team led by Gresham Smith Architects, P/BA will first develop population profiles and forecasts, followed by inventory and analysis of existing facilities and then planning and programming tasks in collaboration with the architects and court planners.

Macomb County Jail, MI

The existing county jail consists of a number of interconnected buildings constructed over a period of 50 years. P/BA was tasked with defining the future needs for the jail system with a focus on providing appropriate mental health and medical beds. In addition, a key goal of the master plan was to create a consolidated intake processing center including a robust pre-trial services program to assist in the diversion of new arrestees from the jail. We also were tasked with developing the operational and architectural program for a facility that will eventually house up to 1,976 beds with 276 beds dedicated for the treatment of inmates with serious mental illness, medical detoxification and in need of skilled nursing care. A key policy decision was that all future housing would operate following the principles of direct supervision as a change from the current jail, which is all indirect supervision. We are in the final stages of the master planning process and currently performing schematic design review as part of a team led by Partners in Architecture, PLC.

Miami-Dade Courts and Correctional Facilities Master Plan, FL

P/BA has recently completed the first phase of a corrections master plan for Miami-Dade County in conjunction with the County’s development of a new criminal courts master plan. The plan advances compliance with a recent DOJ Settlement Agreement by housing and treating an increasing number of inmates with serious medical and mental illness, and remedying an aging infrastructure. A key goal of the master plan is to consolidate the pre-trial detention populations from three to two facilities and facilitate movement to and from the criminal courts, thus eliminating the need to rely on extensive bussing of inmates. In addition appropriate new housing solutions for inmates with chronic medical conditions and/or acute and sub-acute mental illness will be provided. The County has decided to proceed with implementation of the corrections components of the master plan.

Westchester County, NY Settlement Agreement Monitoring

David Bogard, supported by P/BA operational and health care staff, 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.

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 between the Territory and ACLU, he is charged with conducting compliance evaluations of operations in the Territory’s two jails, located in St. Thomas, VI. Areas of 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 and 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 final planning for the implementation and 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 is anticipated to generate the savings necessary to retire the bonds for the facility, which opens in January 2019.


Illinois Department of Corrections, Joliet Inpatient Treatment Center

P/BA completed 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 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 facility will house patients who are acutely mentally ill and who meet the criteria for involuntary hospital level treatment. P/BA is working with HOK Architects who developed the bridging documents for the project.

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. We were charged with developing detailed programming for the project as well as staffing and operating costs and schematic design review services.


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 or early 2019.

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. 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, and code compliance.