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Courthouses are places where legal proceedings occur, often involving emotionally charged participants. Having a well-designed security screening area is crucial to ensure the safety of everyone inside the courthouse, including judges, lawyers, jurors, witnesses, and the public. 

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Courthouses serve as a proud architectural landmark. However, because of the sensitive nature of the work that occurs in these landmark buildings, as well as a rise in civil unrest and anti-government sentiment sweeping the nation, courthouses are faced with unique security threats. Court staff are...

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Courthouses often convey a sense of solemnity and civic importance. Judges don traditional black robes, while attorneys and litigants wear formal business attire. Signs admonish visitors “Quiet: Court in Session” to preserve the sense of decorum. But this decorum can be quickly shattered by a...

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) has gained momentum in recent years and has been widely adopted by planners, architects, and security professionals for the design of buildings, sites, parks, and urban renewal projects. The CPTED model emphasizes designs that encourage positive...

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The attorney/prisoner interview room has been a hot topic during recent courthouse space programming efforts. Historically, the attorney/prisoner interview room, if one even exists, has been located in the basement within the central cellblock. While it is undoubtedly appropriate to find interview...

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