Prisoner Security Classification and Recommended Programming - 471-0350-18

Description of Agency

Security Classification – The Department of Corrections (DOC) uses a prisoner security classification process to determine where a prisoner shall be housed. The classification process has been designed to ensure that each classification decision is made in a manner that is consistent, fair, and fiscally responsible, while recognizing that the primary responsibility and overall goal is to protect the public, employees, and prisoners. The security classification level is based on the confinement level (the level of physical restraint necessary to reduce escape risk) and the management level (the level of physical restraint necessary to maintain good institutional order to protect prisoners and staff from harm).

Recommended Programming – DOC assesses each prisoner’s risks, needs, and strengths in order to provide responsive treatment, programming, and opportunities throughout the prisoner’s sentence to provide the prisoner with the tools to make a successful transition back into the community upon release.

As of August 1, 2018, DOC operated 31 prisons housing approximately 39,700 prisoners. During the period October 1, 2015 through July 31, 2018, DOC completed 185,875 security assessments and created 131,321 program recommendations.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the sufficiency of DOC’s security classification process.

  2. To assess the sufficiency of DOC’s efforts to ensure that prisoners receive recommended programming.


Estimated Release Date: November 2019

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