A normalized environment focused on juvenile re-education and rehabilitation programs was the emphasis of SMRT’s design. Classroom space is decentralized and organized around a central corridor. Male and female residents circulate, often unescorted, within an easily controlled, directly supervised and self-contained environment. The success of Long Creek's design, programs and dedicated staff is borne out by their low rate of recidivism. The American Corrections Association ranked Long Creek as one of the nation's best juvenile facilities.