The District of Columbia's New Detention Center:

Careful Planning Essential for Adequate Addition

PSAD-77-86: Published: Jun 13, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 1977.

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The District of Columbia has constructed a new detention center to replace an older jail and the women's detention center. The new center lacks enough cells to accommodate the detention population and thereby precludes the closing of the District jail and the women's detention center. Also, the new center does not include the planned diagnostic and classification services due to a shortage of space. The District is planning to add 480 cells to the center at an estimated cost of $12 to $13 million.

The 480-cell addition will be inadequate to accommodate peak detention population projections and will not provide space for the diagnostic and classification services. The detention population may reach a peak of 1,581 by 1980 according to a 1971 consultant's study.

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