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NCJ Number: 74433 Find in a Library
Title: Inmate Classification and the Reduction of Institution Violence (From Proceedings of the One Hundred and Ninth Annual Congress of Correction, P 63-69, 1980 - See NCJ-74427)
Author(s): M J Bohn
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The management classification system of the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Tallahassee, Fla., a medium security institution for about 550 young adult males, is described, and evaluation results are reported in terms of the system's impact on inmate violence.
Abstract: The management classification system was introduced in May 1977. It placed in three separate dormitory units inmates classified according to the following categories: (1) those deemed most likely to act aggressively (predators), (2) those likely to be acted against (victims), and (3) those not belonging to either extreme (average). One dormitory housed all the predators plus some in the average group, while a second dormitory received all the 'victims' plus some in the average group. The third dormitory housed men only from the average group. Inmates were classified according to their scores on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. Except for the introduction of the management classification system, FCI's mission and programs, along with staff and population, remained essentially unchanged immediately before and after introduction of the system. This made possible an evalaution that compared incidents of inmate violent behavior before and after the system's use. Results showed that 1 year after the system began operating, the general rate of violence within the institution had decreased significantly. The level of violence also stayed at the reduced level after the second year. Thus, this system could be applied to other similar settings. Tabular data and 11 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Florida; Inmate classification; Inmate personal security; Program evaluation; Violent inmates
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