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New NIC Resources on Inmate Behavior Management
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Managing inmate behavior is the core function of jails. But jails often have tended to focus on the physical containment of inmates (“care, custody, and control”) rather than developing the ability to actively supervise inmates and manage their behavior. Many problems commonly associated with jails are allowed to occur because staff lack the skills for productive personal interaction, an understanding of what motivates inmate behavior, and the ability to leverage incentives and disincentives. The resulting violence, vandalism, and unsanitary conditions create dangerous conditions for both staff and inmates and can be costly for taxpayers.

NIC’s comprehensive approach to inmate behavior management is based on six elements:

1. Assessing Inmates for Risks and Needs

2. Assigning Inmates to Housing

3. Meeting Inmates’ Basic Needs

4. Defining and Conveying Expectations for Inmate Behavior

5. Supervising Inmates

6. Keeping Inmates Productively Occupied

NIC has developed resource materials that will help agencies develop strategies and staff skills for managing inmates’ behavior.

Inmate Behavior Management: The Key to a Safe and Secure Jail
Virginia Hutchinson, Kristin Keller, and Thomas Reid, Ph.D., 2009.

Inmate Behavior Management: Defining and Conveying Expectations
Scott Hoke, 2013.

Programs and Activities: Tools for Managing Inmate Behavior
Mark D. Martin and Richard J. Kaledas, 2010.

Inmate Behavior Management: Brazos County Jail Case Study
Scott Hoke, 2013.

Inmate Behavior Management: Northampton County Jail Case Study
Scott Hoke, 2013.

See also NIC’s webpage on Inmate Behavior Management, which includes links to information on training opportunities and technical assistance addressing inmate behavior management and interpersonal communication skills.

Posted Mon, Apr 14 2014 9:52 AM by Susan Powell


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