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The total population of the county jails in North Carolina has quadrupled in the last seventeen years due to the growth of the state's population, increased criminal arrests, and increased pretrial length of stay.
Jails, and the buildings that contain them, are complicated structures to design. Concerns that architects must consider include security, appearance, and budget.
Finding alternatives to jails entails freeing prison space for those awaiting sentencing or detained to prevent future crimes and reconsidering laws and establishing new facilities. Some of these alternatives suggest freeing those delinquent on bills but otherwise deemed reliable. Changes would also address creating new facilities for holding mentally ill individuals in newly constructed holding centers separate from traditional jails.