Prison systems look to create new prisons in response to a variety of circumstances; a desire to increase capacity and reduce overcrowding; to replace buildings that have been destroyed as a result of riot, natural disasters, war or terrorism; or to replace old buildings that are no longer fit for purpose. Whatever the reason, the creation of new prisons requires thorough planning at all stages.

Clear specifications for new prisons are fundamentally important, as they create the environment for the secure and humane containment of prisoners. There needs to be:

Panopticon Consulting has provided advice to a number of jurisdictions on developing clear specifications for new prisons and options for general prison design, based on our knowledge gained from seeing different prison designs in numerous countries. We can also source specialist services from prison design and construction experts. We have also provided support in planning for the occupation of new prisons, in order that the transition happens in a controlled and ordered manner.