Research summary: Prison Environments and their Impact on Older Citizens

Dec 31, 2012

The objective of this research was to study the influence of the prison environment on the health and welfare of older inmates. This study built on previous research conducted at the State Prison of Southern Michigan (SPSM) to study the influence of environmental factors on stress. The ensuing research was conducted at Ionia – a facility to which the older inmates were relocated. This paper presents an analysis of the changes in the welfare of these prisoners following relocation.

This research summary, prepared by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) in 2012, includes implications for design practice and is adapted from:
Author: Ernst O. Moore, Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Article Title: Prison Environments and their Impact on Older Citizens
Publisher: The Haworth Press
Publication: Journal of Offender Counseling Services & Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Refereed Journal
Date of Publication: 1989
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Pages: 175-191
Country of Study: USA
Search Related Keywords: Correctional Facility Design; Inmate Health; Stress; Elderly Inmate

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