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Gwinnett County Detention Center Renovation and Expansion, Lawrenceville, Ga. HOK expanded the center's program space, enlarging the lobby and adding new magistrate courtrooms and a preadmission area. An adjoining tower with 1,440-bed capacity is scheduled to finish in 2009.

Pima County Justice Facility Expansion, Tucson, Ariz. DMJM H&N designed low-to-medium-custody pods; a lockdown facility; an infirmary; and a mental health unit, for a total of 510 new beds. Architects also added a new public entry and video visitation area.

Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center, Vandalia, Mo. This facility houses all security and custody levels of women inmates in the state of Missouri. HOK gave it a residential look and feel, with visiting areas both outside and inside and small suites for family visits.

Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center, Lexington, Ky. Located on the outskirts of town, near horse country, DMJM H&N's 1,280-bed jail is recessed into a hill to minimize its visual impact. The administration building (shown) was designed to look like an equine facility

Marin County Jail, San Rafael, Calif. DMJM H&'s jail has six pods that contain 222 cells. It is recessed into the hillside and has skylights providing natural light.

Union County Juvenile Detention Center, Elizabeth, N.J.: Ricci Greene Associates' 70,000-square-foot juvenile facility, which houses 80 boys and girls, wraps around nearly an acre of outdoor recreation space and brings in ample natural light.

At the center of the detention center's recreation yard is the gymnasium, its Kalwall panels acting as a lantern.

The metal skin on the side of the gym is the same as that used on the outside of the corridor it faces -- just rotated 90 degrees.

The glazed corridor wall allows sunlight to hit the floor inside, and the perforated-metal cornice serves not only as a modest sunshade, but also as a deterrent to climbers.

An open reception desk of glazed concrete masonry units, with an abstract backdrop of MDF panels, welcomes relatives and friends of inmates.

Two boys' units flank a small outdoor recreation yard (6). This arrangement brings sunlight into the dayrooms and also allows for casual surveillance between them.

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