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.
|Title of host publication
|The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Design
|Dominique Moran, Yvonne Jewkes, Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill, Victor St. John
|Place of Publication
|Number of pages
|Published - 4 Dec 2022
|Palgrave Studies In Prisons and Penology