Philadelphia Inmate Space and Planning Study
In 2016, the City of Philadelphia was the recipient of a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation under the Safety and Justice Challenge. The
purpose of this grant was to implement innovative strategies and evidence-based programs aimed at reducing the jail population. Ultimately, these strategies led
to a significant population decrease.
In 2017, the City of Philadelphia retained CGL, supported by a team of consultants, to undertake this Inmate Space and Master Planning Study. In concert with
representatives from the Philadelphia Core Planning Group the focus of the project was to develop a plan to modernize the Philadelphia Prison campuses and jail
facilities to meet modern correctional best practices while reflecting the significant drop in the jail population.
This Inmate Space and Master Planning Report documented the condition of the current PDP facilities, defined the projected population needs, and prepared conceptual options to address the future needs of the PDP campus including the initial construction phase that strategically aligns an initial capital investment with the needs of the campus within the next five years.
The preferred master plan option was derived based on feedback and consensus from the Philadelphia core planning group. The recommended master plan option
satisfies the guiding principles, offered a single secure perimeter with limited points of access, and proposed a new Integrated Treatment Center (ITC) with both general and specialized housing, a centralized medical and mental health clinic, visitation center check-in, re-entry services for inmates returning to the community and outdoor program spaces for all inmates.