Custody Level Description

 

  • The custody level provides the minimum basis for classifying inmates to facilities. Inmates shall be placed at institutions that are consistent with the custody level necessary to ensure the safety and security of persons, the institution, and the community. An inmate may be housed temporarily or permanently in any facility, which has capabilities exceeding the inmate's custody.
  • Each inmate shall be individually assessed to ensure an appropriate custody level assignment. Inmates are not permitted to request a particular custody level placement nor placement at a particular facility. There are insufficient resources available to transfer inmates for reasons of family hardships or any other elective reasons. Placement for these reasons shall not be recommended or approved.
  • The inmate classification custody system consists of four custody levels based upon the inmate's likelihood of escape or committing violence:
    • Maximum Custody - Inmates who represent the highest risk to the public and staff and require housing in a single cell setting. These inmates have limited work opportunities within the secure perimeter and require frequent monitoring. These inmates require escorted movement in full restraints within the institution.
    • Close Custody - Inmates who represent a high risk to the public and staff. These inmates shall not be assigned to work outside the secure perimeter of an institution. These inmates require controlled movement within the institution.
    • Medium Custody - Inmates who represent a moderate risk to the public and staff. These inmates shall not work outside the secure perimeter of an institution and require limited controlled movement within the institution.
    • Minimum Custody - Inmates who represent a low risk to the public and staff. These inmates may work outside the secure perimeter of an institution, to include community work crews, and do not require controlled movement within the institution.