Validation of Need
A needs assessment aids in decision making for long-term capacity requirements by taking into account industry norms and county-specific information. Data assessed includes average daily projections, peaks in population and bed requirements for fluctuating inmate classification.
Programming for the Berks County Correctional Facility will provide further information to accurately meet the goals and objectives by providing more detailed data around what the building should include. Elements of programming include review of the main center components of a new correctional center; the current facility and its operational state; trends, benchmarks and best practices of comparable facilities including facility tours; and desired future operational state and associated space needs.
Summary of Service Agreements
The County has hired CGL Companies, LLC, a national corrections planning and design firm, to assist with the planning process and public outreach. The Commissioners approved component service agreements on January 20, 2022, as part of the Master Agreement to start the process. The agreements and associated costs are available below: