Drawing insights from the emerging field of sensory criminology, this paper delves into the distinctive acoustic requirements within prisons, shedding light on the differences that exist between the acoustic needs of incarcerated individuals and those outside the prison walls. The study emphasizes the crucial role acoustics play in the daily experiences of both incarcerated individuals and corrections staff. Those in prison rely on acoustics for communication and information gathering, while corrections staff use auditory cues to assess the prevailing tension within the prison environment. The intricate dynamics of prison cultures, often overlooked by acousticians, are brought to the forefront through the lens of sensory criminology. This paper advocates for a multidisciplinary approach, suggesting that acousticians collaborate with complementary disciplines to design spaces that encourage positive communication and simultaneously address the risks associated with undesirable social dynamics. By integrating insights from sensory criminology, acousticians can create purposeful designs that benefit both incarcerated individuals and corrections staff, ensuring a well-informed and effective acoustic environment.

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