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Does your courtroom have the design and technology needed to provide security during a criminal trial? Check out these 5 courtroom security procedures to find out.

Maintaining security throughout a courthouse is important for the safety of judges, court employees, law enforcement staff, and the...




During my courthouse site assessments, the security personnel who accompany me often tell me that the facility used for unloading and loading transport vehicles at the prisoner entrance can be the weakest link in the chain of prisoner movements.

Moving a prisoner from the entrance to the...



Although unnerving, it is not an uncommon occurrence for me to meet up with prisoners (in-custody defendants) face-to-face while waiting for an elevator in courthouses. Typically, when this happens, the elevator doors open and I am directed by court security personnel to step aside while the...


Today, in the fourth installment in my eight-part series on quantitative measures used in courthouse planning, I am exploring the criterion of courthouse Security – the security features in the courthouse including secured and restricted circulation patterns, prisoner holding areas, and sallyports.

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In my previous post about courthouse mailrooms, I reviewed standards for central mailrooms in new court facilities. In this article, I will provide some suggestions for how an upgraded courthouse mailroom might be accomplished in an existing courthouse.