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Archive for March, 2010

How to Develop a Facility Prototype Faster

March 30th, 2010

Developing a prototype for a detention or corrections facility is complex and frustrating.  It often leads to spending much time, money, resources, and thought.  Our white paper, How to Conduct Macro Analysis, offers a method solution to streamline the necessary components of this undertaking in a way that saves time and money.  This whitepaper will teach you how to develop a prototype by:

·         Coalescing different detention operations

·         Aligning and supporting organizational, operational, and functional requirements

·         Using the right tools

·         Choosing one model for the building configuration plan, staffing plan, costing plan WITHIN A FOUR DAY PERIOD 

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The 4 Ultimate Benefits of Master Planning

March 24th, 2010

Site and Facility Master Planning provides you the ability to walk into the future with ease knowing your business strategy is documented and that your capital assets support your organizations near and long-term organizational, operational and functional needs.

Simply beginning as an inquiry into the possibility of increasing the number of Border Patrol Agents at a Border Patrol Station from 35 to 50, the Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Patrol Agency determined that a Site and Facility Master Planning effort was is need.

As an outcome of the Master Planning effort, DHS/CBP gained the following: 


1. The proposed plan corrected operational inefficiencies and provided a  safer work environment for the agents.

2. The land feasibility study helped determine the agent capacity for the existing owned property.

3. The planning process helped generate a near and long term growth plan within budget constraints.

4. The building strategy utilized much of the existing structure as possible, reducing overall project costs.


Performa’s Justice Team met with representatives from the CBP Headquarters, Detroit Sector and the Detroit Border Patrol Agent-in-Charge to determine the project’s form, function, economic and time goals and objectives, define near- and long-term space requirements and discuss the necessary adjacencies between departments for optimal staff workflow. Space facility programs and cost models were developed for 25, 50, 75 and 100 agent Border Patrol Stations. Using this information Performa conducted existing site capacity studies, to determine how large of a Station could be placed on the existing site.

The analysis indicated that the existing 25 agent Station was landlocked and could not expand to the desired 50 agent Station.

The Performa Planning and Design Team were asked to assess a site and facilities located within the Fort Wayne Military Museum. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the City of Detroit and partially occupied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Using the station requirements and site evaluation criteria established during an interactive needs assessment workshop, Performa developed alternative master plans with associated project costs. Each alternative illustrated how the Station could be accommodated.

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Autism Guide for Correctional Officers: A Must Read

March 19th, 2010

Recent estimates state that the number of children with autism-related disorders has increased to one in 150. The chances are very likely that correction officers will encounter and have to deal with situations where a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is involved. Careful, thoughtful actions need to be taken to both protect people and enforce the law without incurring legal trouble and averting tragedy.

The Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin, recently released a report and resource entitled   Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Special Needs Subject Response for Police Officers. The report, while geared toward police officers, presents useful information and tactics correctional officers can employ when dealing with inmates with other psychological, developmental and emotional disorders. 

While no person with ASD is exactly similar to another, the report details the common characteristics and behaviors of people with ASD in order to recognize the disorder. Those characteristics include:

·         Stimming: self-stimulating motions

·         Repetition: unusual repetitive behaviors

·         Acclimation: in an unfamiliar environment they may need to wander around looking at and touching things or people to feel safe

·         Delayed response or latency: delayed reaction to commands

·         Dissociated speech: replying with seemingly meaningless answers

·         Unusual tone of voice: inappropriately loud or soft-spoken tone of voice for situation and/or talking over others

·         Lack of eye contact: appear to be ignoring or not paying attention

·         Unusual or unbalanced gait: clumsy with difficulty balancing

After determining the disorder, correctional and police officers can adopt tactics presented in the report to handle situations effectively. These are clearly defined by what type of characteristic the person with ASD is exhibiting or to what level that person is able to communicate. The report provides relatable conversations and actions that make it easy for the correct responses to be taken.

Click here to obtain a copy of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Special Needs Subject Response for Police Officers.

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