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This roundtable discussion will focus on planning and designing for mental health populations in justice facilities. A group of multi-disciplinary experts representing diverse perspectives will describe the complex issues around the custody and care of persons with mental health challenges. They will explore how the design of jails, prisons, and forensic mental health facilities impacts health, safety, and service delivery.

How does design impact behavior and treatment for mental health in our justice system, and how do our expectations shape policy and design? What is the current state of affairs? What are research-based best practices? What should the goals in planning and design be?

Presented by the AIANY Architecture for Justice Committee, this event is intended to promote the committee’s goals to improve the planning, built environment, operational performance, and cultural value of justice facilities, and to inspire a high level of aspiration for the design quality of these buildings.

Dr. Elizabeth Ford, MD, Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services, NYC Health and Hospitals/Bellevue
Laura Maiello, Justice Planning Consultant; Former Senior Vice President, CGL and RicciGreene Associates
Kevin Murrett, AIA, NCARB, President, Architectural Resources
Dr. Richard Wener, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, New York University; author, The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails: Creating Humane Spaces in Secure Settings

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Organized by
AIANY Architecture for Justice Committee
Delaware Co-ed Forensic Mental Health Facility. Design: RicciGreene Architects. Photo: CGL Archives.
Thursday, 5/03
5:30pm to 8pm
Center for Architecture
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