Promoting Gender Equity through Jail Design with Denver Sheriff Elias Diggins

How do we reframe, reform, and rethink gender in the criminal justice environment? Hosts Eli Gage and April Pottorff sit down with Denver City and County Sheriff Elias Diggins to discuss Diggins’ progressive stance confronting the gender inequality currently driving environmental design and operations within the criminal justice industry. Diggins explains how a trauma-informed and gender-responsive approach can initiate an increase in overall inmate compliance, rehabilitation, and successful reintegration into society. Diggins also discusses how his department replicated successful gender-inclusive design found in other jail facilities.

In this episode, we explore:

  • Understanding the impacts trauma has on female offender populations
  • The key differences between male and female offenders and how they drive successful design
  • The data-driven results from creating a positive mental environment for offenders, including the use of natural light and color palettes
  • Best practices when designing rehabilitative spaces for individualized mental health treatment

Have questions, comments, or want to talk more about this? Contact the show host, Eli Gage at podcast@cglcompanies.com



Leadership in the Design of Women’s Facilities

To successfully design a facility with great attention to gender differences, it is important to empower and promote leadership at all levels. Join our national justice planning expert, Steve Carter, as he discusses the fundamental guiding design principals and their application in the new Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in San Diego, California.