Developing Correctional Facilities for Female Juvenile Offenders: Programmatic & Design Consideratio

Developing Correctional Facilities for Female Juvenile Offenders: Programmatic & Design Considerations
Shelley Zavlek and Rebecca Maniglia, Corrections Today, August 2007

Girls represent a challenge for the juvenile justice system. Their unique needs have to be considered in all aspects of facility design and operations. While much work has been done to explain what female responsive programming looks like in a variety of settings, little has been done to explain how that programming might affect the design of juvenile residential facilities themselves. This article on female juvenile offenders is an effort to show how the programmatic needs of girls can translate into design concepts for more effective and responsive girls facilities and is based on a review of research as well as the authors’ first-hand experience and interviews with staff and residents of juvenile correctional facilities.