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Trauma Informed Care: Design Guidelines for a Correctional Environment

Designers and architects are trained to believe that design has an impact on how people feel and behave, and the correctional environment is no exception. NELSON has recently updated our design standards to reflect the impact the environment has on Trauma Informed Care models of treatment within a correctional setting. Though the environment is only a small piece of the treatment-based approach, it is critical to the wellbeing of both offenders and staff.


Our Justice Practice is dedicated to bettering lives within all communities and strives to create environments that enhance public safety and improve service and operations. It takes creativity, persistence, and attention to detail when designing and constructing buildings that are subject to public scrutiny, bidding constraints, and strict budget requirements. We are skilled at comprehensive planning and offer design services that transform environments, meeting short- and long-term objectives cost effectively.

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