CCA’s prototypical facility design reflects current industry trends, CCA best practices and state-of-the-art safety and security equipment. CCA has spent more than two decades enhancing the design and construction correctional facilities. All buildings are strategically designed to increase safety and efficiency. The following is an overview of a typical 1,896-bed CCA facility constructed in 2007 which sits on over 20 acres of land and employs more than 300 staff.
The 300,000 square-foot complex consists of six housing units and six support buildings. All buildings are contained within the secure perimeter of the facility with the exception of the Administration building. Four cell blocks house general population inmates while the remaining two cell blocks are designed for special management populations. Additional buildings include Religious and Program, Medical, Maintenance, Laundry and Visitation and Food Service.
Inmate Management Style
CCA facilities operate using the Unit Management and Direct Supervision concepts. Under Unit Management and Direct Supervision, staff and inmates interact on a more consistent basis and effective communication is enhanced. CCA correctional officers monitor inmates directly from within the pods – listening to needs and following up on concerns to quell disputes and incidents before they arise. Inmate issues are resolved more effectively and the safety and security of the facility is improved as a result. Case manager and counselor offices are located in each housing unit for inmate accessibility and convenience.
Safety and Security
Facilities are designed with state of the art security systems with each facility perimeter protected by a stun fence as well as microwave sensors. There are 140 cameras installed throughout the facility and all cameras record 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The placement of each camera provides for added security and less opportunity for inmates to tamper with the devices. The front entrance features a walk-through metal detector and x-ray machine for all items entering the facility. A walk-through metal detector is also placed at the entrance corridor to each cell block and the programs area. Each inmate must clear through the metal detector and be subject to random pat searches each time the inmate enters or exits his assigned living area. Cell construction reflects current industry best practices in incident prevention including non-breakable steel mirrors, tear-resistant bedding and puncture-resistant and fire-retardant mattresses and pillows and break-away shower hooks.