Should Architects Design Prisons?

Raphael Sperry stands in front of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice, home to police headquarters, courtrooms, and a jail.

Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center in downtown Denver, designed by Ricci Greene Associates. The facility features a variety of housing units designed for shorter-term stays for pre-trial occupants.

The maximum security Toronto South Detention Centre, designed by the Zeidler Partnership.

The center features a bright reception area. The Prison Moratorium Action Committee, as part of its protest against the facility, initiated a letter-writing campaign to all Zeidler employees, calling them to task for profiting from a system that locks people up.

The center's Miesian, light-filled entry pavilion.

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