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4 Ways to Dramatically Cut Operation Costs

September 8th, 2009

Whether you are a private or public prison operator, you understand the continual pressure to cut costs while providing the best rehabilitative care for inmates.  One of the most commonly overlooked opportunities to cut costs is optimizing work flow and usage during the facility design process.  Here are 4 proven ways to dramatically cut operation costs.

1. Map Work Processes: Analyze all work processes, staff traffic flow, proximity and tasks to create a floor plan that reduces wasted time and maximizes productivity.

In the healthcare industry, one study found that nurses spent nearly 29 percent of their time walking to and from the nurses’ station and on supply runs. Through an analysis of work process, designs that include decentralized nurse stations and supply caches reduced budgeted staffing care hours and increased the time spent in direct-care activities. 

2. Document Key Operational Technologies: Advances in technology reduces required staff and improve staff productivity. When building, consider what technologies would best suit your facility. The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), part of the National Institute of Justice’s Office of Science and Technology, offers prison operators support, research findings and technological expertise assisting in technology selection allowing them to perform their duties more safely and efficiently.

3. Map Traffic Patterns: Projecting inmate traffic flow to determine possible bottlenecks that could be areas of security concern resulting in increased amounts of correctional officer supervision.

4. Document User Needs and Ideas: Building with the user behavior and tasks in mind will ensure optimized productivity which directly brings down operational costs.

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