The proposed jail pod design would replace the outdated linear layout. The pod design contains sections of cells arranged around a central control station, from which a jailer can monitor all housing units. A linear designed jail contains cell blocks with bars along a hall.
The American Correctional Association is very specific that "continuous observation of inmate living areas is a fundamental requirement for maintaining safe, secure custody and control" and that's exactly what the pod design does. The new law enforcement center will allow adequate classifications of inmates which is required by State of Iowa Jail Standards. Inmates need to be seperated: felons from misdemeanors, males from females (by sight and sound), juveniles from adults, sentenced inmates versus those accused of crime and awaiting trial and further segregation due to behavior and mental health needs. A new law enforcement center will increase the safety of all inmates, public and staff.