In this paper we describe a decision support system developed to help in assessing the need for various types of prison cells. In particular we predict the probability that a criminal has to be sent home because of a shortage of cells. The problem is modelled through a queuing network with blocking after service. The main objective of our study is to describe our analytical method and an approximate algorithm to solve this network. Through simulation studies we evaluate our method. Both the analytic and the simulation tool are elements of the decision support system.

capacity algorithm, capacity planning, prisons, queuing network
ERIM Article Series (EAS)
Operational Research Society. Journal
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Korporaal, R, Ridder, A.A.N, Kloprogge, P, & Dekker, R. (2000). An Analytic Model for Capacity Planning of Prisons in the Netherlands. Operational Research Society. Journal, 1228–1237. Retrieved from