design capacity | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Corrections

Design capacity, in the context of corrections, refers to the maximum number of inmates or detainees that a correctional facility is designed to hold.

Design capacity is typically determined based on the physical layout and infrastructure of the facility, and it takes into account factors such as the size and configuration of cells, dormitories, or other housing units, as well as the availability of common areas, medical facilities, and other support services. Design capacity is an important consideration in the operation of a correctional facility, as overcrowding can have negative impacts on the safety, security, and well-being of both inmates and staff. Facilities that are operating at or above their design capacity may be at increased risk of violence, illness, and other problems, and they may require additional resources and staff to maintain order and control.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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