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    Parking requirements for jails

    Our county is in the process of expanding its jail. Rumpy and I have been searching for parking standards for this use without much luck to this point. Anybody have examples that we could reference? Thanks.

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    The community I work for has a 1 space per each employee standard for jails. I don't know if that works or not, or how many visitors they have on any given day. The jail is now in an industrial park on the edge of town so I never go by it.

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    I think one per employee is pretty safe, maybe with the addition of one space per visitor expected at one time. Don't forget loading spaces for supplies and prisoner transport.

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    I agree with the others one per employee.

    In terms of visitors, does the jail have a limited number of visitors allowed per hour. Like are there visitation rooms/stalls where visitors talk to inmates? Like on the phone or throught glass ? If so, say there are 6 stalls, visiting hours are 4 hours and visitation is limited to 30 minutes.

    Based on this formula there could potentially be as many as 12 visitors at one time, 6 visitors talking and 6 waiting to get in and talk. There for you will need at least 12 parking spots. I'd recommend 15 just to be safe using this formula

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    Not sure I agree with one parking space per employee. Assuming the facility operates 24/7, on say three shifts, even at peak times (shift change) 1/3 of your spaces will always be sitting empty.

    My advice, seeing is this is an expansion of an existing facility, would be to find out if the current parking arrangements are adequate, and what the existing rate per cell/employee/visitor/gfa/whatever measurement you want to use is.

    Assuming existing conditions are adequate, then extrapolate from that to see how many spaces you would likely need to serve the expansion. If there are some issues (e.g. spillover parking) then somebody will have to do a bit more legwork...

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    Yes, per employee to me means per employee on duty at one time, some shift work like hospitals can have quite an overlap due to the outgoing shift needing to brief the incoming shift.

    Expanding the existing is definitely the way to find the best number for the specific situation.

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    Thanks for the responses. We've located one ordinance that requires "2 spaces for every 3 employees on the largest shift plus 1 space for every 10 inmates." Additionally, the facility is located in a rural area not served by transit. So all trips will be by personal vehicle or the sheriff's van.


    Quote Originally posted by Tranplanner
    ...My advice, seeing is this is an expansion of an existing facility, would be to find out if the current parking arrangements are adequate, and what the existing rate per cell/employee/visitor/gfa/whatever measurement you want to use is....
    Rumpy has a call into the guy who holds the keys for this information.

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    I have the capacity numbers, just waiting for the employee numbers. The only thing I could find was from a NC city.
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."


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