The Franklin County Commissioners selected DLZ to design the new Franklin County Corrections Center in Columbus, Ohio. The facility is a $175 million, 430,000 square-foot design. A major goal of the new center is to redefine rehabilitation and prioritize space for programming and mental health treatment. As a result, DLZ’s work incorporates the latest jail design philosophies and utilizes the Direct Supervision model of inmate supervision. The Franklin County Corrections Center is under construction and will replace the current Franklin County jail on Jackson Pike.
Board of Commissioners President John O’Grady praised the project. He said, “It’s a piece of county-owned infrastructure that will serve the residents of Franklin County for 50 years or more. It will be such an improvement for staff and inmates, as well as for the community, over the old facility which is well past due for replacement.”
DLZ previously developed an assessment of the two existing county jail facilities. The team made recommendations to reduce current and future jail bed needs and also to improve and establish programs that would enhance the criminal justice system overall.
The study analyzed more than 900,000 inmate records from 1989 through 2008 to gain an understanding of who was in jail and how the inmate population has changed. The analysis provided insight into the current criminal justice system and determined the types and use of existing facilities and programs needed in the future. Therefore, our assessment is the foundation for the Franklin County Corrections Center.