Davidson County Criminal Justice Center and SPMI Unit: Academy of Architecture for Justice 2021 Justice Facility Review

Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 2pm EDT

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The Davidson County Metro Criminal Justice Center offers a mission-driven approach to detention, diversion, and treatment in downtown Nashville. This session will present the description of the need, process, and design of the new Davidson Criminal Justice Center and Behavioral Care Center by HOK. The new facility for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) provides an opportunity to evaluate prisoners’ emotional and psychological needs at the early stages of processing, and includes spaces for therapy. HOK’s contemporary design blends the often competing missions of security and treatment. 

Learning objectives

  • Learn about the process that resulted in the new facility being placed on the site and the complications that existed in being on that site
  • Understand the evolving needs of the community justice system and how this program responds to that
  • Learn about how the aesthetic demands of this facility on this site were integrated with the operational requirements 
  • Understand the positive impact this facility has on the staff experience
  • Learn about the Behavioral Care Center and how it has positively impacted the community
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  • Gregory Cook


    Partner | KMB Architects

    Gregory is a partner with KMB architects in Seattle, Washington, and leads their Justice and...
  • Jeff Goodale


    Director of Justice | HOK

    Jeff Goodale is the firmwide director of Justice design and planning at HOK, a global design firm...
  • Tony Wilkes

    Chief of Corrections | Davidson County Sheriff’s Office

    Tony M. Wilkes began his Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) career in 1987 as a Correctional...