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Going safely into and out of a criminal courtroom isn’t as simple as walking through the main doors. Regulating access for each type of participant is key to courtroom security.

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During a recent planning visit to a small Texas courthouse, I walked through a door at the side of the primary courtroom and encountered the courtroom holding cell shown in the above photo. My first reaction was “nice mural.” My second reaction was “What is it doing in a holding cell?” Was I...

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As a court planning consultant, I often find myself sitting across from court managers and law enforcement officials who are facing a challenge – how to address prisoner movement in an existing courthouse that contains no dedicated secure circulation. If there is excess space in the courthouse and...

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There are two factors that must be considered in the design of detention facilities for a new courthouse or for an existing courthouse undergoing renovation: (1) providing security for court staff, judges, courthouse security personnel, attorneys, and the public; and (2) providing detention...

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Does your courtroom design layout impede safe egress for trial participants during a courtroom emergency? Does it present tripping hazards? This post will discuss these potential hazards and offer suggestions for resolving these problems.

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