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    There's news at prison fields... New justice complexes full with style, glass and, er..., "comfort".

    Below, the Austrian Leoben Justice Centre:

    Leoben

    Leoben
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2007
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    A glass prison? I can't see any flaw in that plan. ;)

    One would hope there's no glass within a stone's throw of a cell.
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    Oh, nice catch.

    I think I might push this to Mad Science.

    -- W
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2007
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    Interesting... not sure what to think about it.

    On one hand I have volunteered in a prison, and traditional prisons are dank, dirty, smelly and horrible...

    But on the other side this place is really nice, like a rich person's day spa.

    The prisoners I talked to always focused on the control of their lives as the real punishment, the physical conditions were terrible, and they knew that but it was being locked in and totally controlled that really bothered them.

    Anyhow at the very least it is really intriguing. Maybe they have less trouble getting the neighbors to allow them to build a giant glass modern art building than a traditional stone behemoth.
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      CommentAuthorMiss
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2007
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    What’s to stop a homeless person from clocking old ladies on the street in order to be “forced” to utilize LJC’s cafeteria, gym, and indoor court with ping-pong?

    Um...I have a flight to catch and a blackjack to purchase.
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    Panopticon go?
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    What’s to stop a homeless person from clocking old ladies on the street in order to be “forced” to utilize LJC’s cafeteria, gym, and indoor court with ping-pong?


    Just because someone's homeless doesn't mean they have no ethics. Plus, many of them are too mentally unstable to come up with a plan that far reaching. But, then again, you may be right.
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    This place looks exactly like the college I was in last year! Except this is roomier, with better lighting...
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    It is still a prison. They start out with all those rec facilities but they soon quit using them. I bet there were some really nice slave ships as well but I doubt people
    were clubbing old ladys to get a berth. I spent a little time in the Surrey(BC Canada) remand centre which is a very modern prison with PODs and these surreal tunnels that they send you down with no guards. They even had piped in radio music from the intercoms and TV and even a Nintendo but after my first night they did not let us out of our cells until after noon and they came and checked my(and I am assuming everyones) knuckles to try and figure out who beat the snot out of the child molester who was brought in the same day as me.

    Rather than spend the money and effort on beautiful architecture they should do more to ensure that the people who can be helped don't come back and the people who are dangerous write offs stay locked up. Segregating violent and nonviolent prisoners would also be a good idea.
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    Nobody's used the word yet, so I will...

    Panopticon
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
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    another article on that here.
    Nice building though.
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
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    That's one interesting tangle of ideas. Architecture guided and shaped by the possibilites of space age materials science, but steered by 180 year old enlightenment-utilitarian philosophy, critiqued using a victorian framework, transmitted in a style dictated by a new, high-tech medium. Or something. I might have gotten one or two of those mixed up...