Prisoners with Severe Mental Illnesses and Everyday Prison Interior (Re)design

Cassidy, Kathryn, Dyer, Wendy, Biddle, Paul, Ridley, Louise, Brandon, Toby and McClelland, Norman (2022) Prisoners with Severe Mental Illnesses and Everyday Prison Interior (Re)design. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Design. Palgrave Studies In Prisons and Penology . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 481-511. ISBN 9783031119712, 9783031119729

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In this chapter, we explore processes and practices of everyday prison interior (re)design through analysis of the creation of a specialist unit for prisoners with severe mental illnesses in a large reception prison in the North of England. We argue that meeting the needs of prisoners with serious mental illnesses forms an increasingly important part of decision-making regarding contemporary prison (re)design. Firstly, we attend to adaptation to understand the complexities of re-designing existing interior spaces within the custodial estate to meet the needs of specific groups. Secondly, we explore the opportunities presented by indeterminacy, as the Unit began operating when so many elements of its design, usage and regime were still unknown. Finally, we elucidate the centrality of forms of accommodation in the re-design of the Unit, involving compromise and negotiation. We conclude that attuning analysis of prison design to the everyday processes and practices that shape much of the custodial estate enables insights to improve the re-design and adaptations of existing prisons.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C800 Psychology
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2022 15:12
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2022 15:15

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