DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS ON INMATE PRIVILEGES

By John doe, Description - Feb. 16, 2018

In an effort to reduce violence while holding inmates accountable for committing crimes and infractions during incarceration, COBA recommends placing disciplinary sanctions upon inmate privileges. The use of COBA’s proposed inmate disciplinary sanctions will serve as a powerful deterrent - the sheer perception to the inmates that it is just not worth it to engage in such activity. If inmate disciplinary sanctions have their desired effect, we can envision a Department with less restrictive housing, greater compliance, fewer injuries to staff and inmates, and a real change in morale and culture. Implementing these disciplinary sanctions may even have an impact on recidivism.

Visits

We must consider that certain aspects of the Board of Correction Minimum Standards and Directive 2007R-C, “Inmate Visit Procedures,” effectively work against the Department and its efforts to deter violence and directly puts staff, visitors and members of the public at risk. The Department cannot limit or deny a visit to an inmate or visitor unless the criminal act is committed (or expected to be committed) in conjunction with a visit. We can only limit or deny a visit if a litany of parameters is met and then there is the appeal process where the Board too often acts as an inmate/visitor advocate rather than an objective entity. The Board of Correction must relax the constraints put on the Department and permit it to temporarily suspend visits even in cases where the inmates offending act is not directly or indirectly in conjunction with the visit. This type of inmate disciplinary sanction will serve as a powerful deterrent. This will help to send the message that it is just not worth it to engage in acts that violate inmate rules. It may even have an impact on recidivism.

Telephones

The Board mandates that detainees be permitted one call per day at a minimum of six minutes per call. Beyond the right to speak by telephone to counsel, phone use is a privilege. This privilege should be curtailed when inmates commit acts of violence. Such actions would serve to deter violent criminal activity. The Department should be able to deny or limit access to telephones for rule violations.

Haircuts

Currently, the Board of Correction mandates that inmates must be afforded haircuts. It does not, however, stipulate where and when these haircuts take place. The Department of Correction should be able to remove the privilege of taking a trip to the barbershop. We recommend that when found guilty of rule violations, inmates should be charged for haircuts except when going to court.

Immediate Commissary sanctions should be enforced to deny commissary access to any inmate who commits any act of violence, Commissary access should be limited to personal hygiene products. Such denial should be extended for violent acts committed during a denial period.

Recreation

Currently, the Board of Correction mandates, “recreation may only be denied only with an open conviction of an infraction for misconduct on the way to, from, or during recreation.” This rule is outdated. As a deterrent to violence, the Department needs to have the ability to deny or limit recreation for any violation of inmate rules. We recommend the Department of Correction have the ability to deny or limit recreation as a disciplinary sanction for violation of inmate rules and regulations.

Disciplinary Sanctions for Splashing and Spitting

Incidents While no crimes against a Correction Officer should be tolerated, particularly egregious and frequent crimes are splashing and spitting incidents. The Board of Correction and the Department of Correction must take these incidents seriously and impose serious deterrence measures like the above proposed inmate disciplinary sanctions. The Department of Correction needs to be able to sanction an inmate’s use of telephone, recreation, visits, law library, and haircuts when an inmate subjects our staff to potential pathogens. Inmates who splash or spit on staff should be denied everything except basic minimum standards for a finite period of time. Only this way will the Department of Correction be able to truly stop the increasing incidents of spitting and splashing.

Other Disciplinary Sanctions

There are many other disciplinary sanctions such as: 1. Being locked in their cells for 4, 6, 8 hours or an entire tour. 2. Receiving a non-contact visits for a specified number of times and other disciplinary sanctions to be explored by all parties involved.

DEMAND BODY SCANNERS

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DEMAND BODY SCANNERS

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The X-ray type image enables the operator to see any contraband that someone is hiding on or in his/her body.

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DEMAND BODY SCANNERS

The X-ray type image enables the operator to see any contraband that someone is hiding on or in his/her body.

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DEMAND BODY SCANNERS

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