In 1998 Education Services in the North Carolina Department of Corrections (NCDOC) implemented the North Carolina Workplace and Community Transition Youthful Offender Program providing post-secondary education courses in partnership with state colleges and universities, cognitive behavioral intervention classes, and “employabilities” classes.
The leadership of the YOP and of Education Services in the NCDOC has invested considerable effort in effectively connecting the correctional facilities with their cooperating (IHEs).
However, no large-scale program is trouble-free and Education Services in the NCDOC used the evaluation as a way to identify issues that need to be addressed.
According to Fripp, the North Carolina prototypes evolved in 1980 because NCDOC wanted to provide inmate rehabilitation programming during evening hours.
The first design team included Fripp and NCDOC operational staff.
In the early 1990s, Fripp, in collaboration with NCDOC‘s management, refined the design for a 712-cell prototype, [TABULAR DATA OMITTED] with construction costs ranging from $30 million to $33 million each.
NCDOC currently is designing its next wave of close security prototypes.
Through the use of prototypes, NCDOC has rapidly completed facilities at reduced costs and addressed capacity deficits promptly.
While high-capacity prisons may be more efficient, North Carolina is not building “megaprisons.” Instead, NCDOC prefers building 700 to 1,200-bed facilities at various locations throughout the state.
NCDOC has avoided direct involvement in land acquisition and instead relies on counties to provide potential prison sites at no cost to the state as their contribution to economic development.
Although the NCDOC prototype was in a rural setting, the Ohio team saw many features they liked for their proposed urban residential site.