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NCJ Number: 118624 Find in a Library
Title: Offender Classification: Don't Overlook this Important Security Strategy
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:51  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1989)  Pages:34-37
Author(s): P Evatt; S Brown; F T Fowler
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article summarizes the South Carolina Department of Corrections' (SCDC) internal and external inmate classification processes which have eased burdens of a major consent decree regarding overcrowding, provided equity and consistency to inmates in placement and treatment, and promoted cost-effective management.
Abstract: Citing longer prison sentences and a national recidivism rate of over 30 percent, the article argues that inmate classification is critical to prison management and planning. SCDC's external classification system is described, as are incentives for positive adjustment and annual revalidation procedures. After assigning inmates to institutions according to security level, the SCDC uses a behavioral classification system to allocate housing. Each inmate is assigned a classification caseworker, and committees regularly review inmates' adjustment and program performance. This system also allows inmate input and opportunities for custody and security level advancement. The article explores monitoring processes, plans for future prison construction, and overcrowding.
Main Term(s): Inmate classification
Index Term(s): Prison management; South Carolina
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