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NCJ Number: 77091 Find in a Library
Title: Classification for Programming and Survival (From Confinement in Maximum Custody, P 39-48, 1981, David A Wood and Kenneth F Schoen, ed. - See NCJ-77087)
Author(s): H Toch
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: D C Heath and Co
Lexington, MA 02173
Sale Source: D C Heath and Co
125 Spring Street
Lexington, MA 02173
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The classification of inmates for programming and survival is discussed.
Abstract: Small prisons can be considered as communities; a large prison should be viewed as a set of diverse communities that can be organized within the same universe. Large prisons can assign inmates to the most appropriate subenvironment; small prisons are restricted in the number of subenvironments. The architectural characteristics of a prison are not nearly so important as the prison's activities, relationships, and the competence and fairness of the staff. It is particularly important that long-term inmates be presented with inprison 'career' options, rather than being confronted with haphazard unconnected assignments. Although traditional thought is that predatory and violent inmates should be segregated from the general prison population, there should also be an option for potential victims to choose segregation or quasi-segregation units. Segregation for predators or victims, however, should not mean idleness and impoverishment of programs. Also, both victims and aggressors can be helped to ameliorate their postures of aggression and vulnerability. Prisons should also focus upon structuring various options for conflict resolution both between inmates and between inmates and staff. A question and answer discussion follows the presentation. Notes are provided.
Index Term(s): Correctional facilities; Corrections management; Inmate classification; Inmate personal security; Inmate Programs; Inmate segregation
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