1. To what extent does prison architecture and design help us to understand the criminological concepts of legitimacy, less eligibility and the ‘new penology’?
  2. How, why, and with what consequences are punitive philosophies manifest in environments built for incarceration?
  3. Should the design of prisons for women differ from the design of prisons for men? To what degree are the differences in prison design shaped by gendered assumptions about masculinity and femininity?
  4. What is the evidence that humane, imaginative and forward-thinking design in prisons can lead to people-change and context-change?
  5. Is private sector competition a good thing or a bad thing (or both) for the design and construction of new prisons?
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