Prison Architecture Gets an Upgrade
The bars don’t have to break your spirit. San Diego’s Las Colinas Women’s Detention and Re-entry Facility is ditching the hard cell for something kinder: Open green spaces, community and an eye on freedom. Instead of punishing inmates with subhuman conditions, this jail aims to prepare them for life outside, and that means preserving mental health with architecture that allows for a bit of roaming. With more women than ever in prison, Las Colinas is managing to thrive — and it could be on the forefront of a trend toward kinder incarceration.