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    Discuss inmate classification, reclassification, and internal classification systems. What do they involve? How does classification help control inmate behavior and support prison management?

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    This is a great assignment since my background and experience are in corrections, particularly in regards to inmate classification. Let's discuss the assignment in smaller, more manageable sections by breaking down the assignment.

    Here's your assignment: Discuss inmate classification, reclassification, and internal classification systems. What do they involve? How does classification help control inmate behavior and support prison management?

    1. DISCUSS Inmate classification, reclassification, and internal classification systems.

    To discuss is to explain so I would suggest beginning by first defining each of the three classification systems in depth using your course text and at least one or two outside sources, preferably from a journal, government site, or even the American Corrections Association website publications. It's a pretty straight forward directive from your instructor.

    2. What do they involve?

    Now that you have defined each and are now familiar with each, what do they involve? In other words, what's involved with initial inmate classification process? Now, what's involved with the reclassification process? and finally, what is involved with internal classification systems?

    I'm assuming that your college / university has an online library. I would search through the criminal justice journals using the terms "Inmate," "Prisoner" "Classification" to start. That should yield a number of great sources.

    3. How does classification help control inmate behavior and support prison management?

    The focus here is on controlling inmate behavior, which is the goal of every corrections officer and prison administrator. So, how does classification help to control inmate / prisoner behavior? For instance, one goal of classification is to separate dangerous, violent offenders from the lower level offenders. Placing an 18 year old offender incarcerated for retail theft in the same cell with a violent rapist is likely not going to end well for the 18 year old. This is the reality of prison life. The 18 year old should instead be placed in a housing unit for younger, less serious offenders. Classification helps then to control inmate upon inmate physical and sexual assaults.

    The second part of the question asks how classification helps to "support prison management." For this one, you need to be a little more creative and think like a prison administrator. If you were the warden, how would classification support you? Well, for one, if that violent rapists sexually assaults that 18 year old in my example above, you can almost guarantee that the 18 year old will file a lawsuit against the prison for failing to keep him safe and protected. So, by separating the predators from the prey, lawsuits are minimized.

    It's a great assignment so have fun with it. Good luck!

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