Inmate security classification

An inmate’s custody level and facility is determined through the classification process. An inmate’s needs are assessed through a point based system that matches custody requirements and program needs with the appropriate facility.

Initial classification

When an inmate first arrives, they go through initial classification which is based on:

  • How severe their current offense was
  • How severe any prior convictions within the last 4 years were
  • Any history of escapes or escape attempts
  • Any prior violent behavior while in prison within the last 7 years
  • Age
  • Education
  • Employment

This criteria is rated on a point system for each inmate. The inmate's classification is decided based on their number of points.

For male inmates:

  • 6 or fewer points scores minimum custody or below
  • 7-11 points scores medium custody
  • 12 or more points score maximum custody

For female inmates:

  • 9 or fewer pints scores minimum custody or below
  • 10 or more points scores medium custody

We take into consideration many factors when determining a final placement, including but not limited to: enemies, program needs, medical/mental health needs and available bed space. Although home area is also a consideration, it is often not possible to make that accommodation due to other factors that must take priority.

Reclassification

An inmate’s custody level is reviewed at least once a year via the reclassification process based on:

  • How severe their current offense was
  • How severe any of their convictions from the last 4 years were
  • Any history of escapes or escape attempts
  • Any prior violent behavior while in prison within the last 4 years
  • Age
  • If they have participated in any inmate programs

Male inmates are also classified by:

  • Number of guilty disciplinary reports within the last 12 months
  • Their most severe guilty disciplinary report from the last 18 months

Female inmates are also classified by:

  • Number of guilty disciplinary reports within the last 6 months
  • Their most severe guilty disciplinary report from the last 12 months

Inmates can reduce their classification level through:

  • Participating in inmate programs
  • Work assignments
  • Age
  • Appealing a classification

Appealing a classification

An inmate can appeal their classification recommendation via the Inmate Placement Request/Appeal form. The appeal must be submitted within 5 business days upon receipt of the written classification recommendation. A commissioner’s designee will review the appeal and make a final decision.

Additional Resources for Appealing a classification

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