Inmates continue to perpetrate violence even after they’ve lost their freedom and are living behind prison walls!!!
So correction staff face a dual challenge:
1) Provide safety and security to both inmates and fellow staff!!!
2) Implementing programs designed to rehabilitate inmates so that they live as law abiding citizens once they return to society!!!
Critics either don’t have experience inside the correctional system, or wrongly assume disciplinary confinement is used arbitrarily!!!
Disciplinary confinement is a critical tool for ensuring this stability and safety inside a correctional facility both for other inmates and the staff working there!!!
It bears no resemblance to the Hollywood stereotypes that perpetrate a myth of inhumane treatment!!!!
Inmates are closely monitored through constant rounds made by correction officers, security staff, prison management, mental-health staff, medical personnel, the inmate grievance coordinator and other staff!!!!
They are allowed reading and legal materials!!!
In some cases, inmates can participate in limited programs, earn privileges or reduce their time in disciplinary confinement!!!
Some are even housed in two man cells!!!
They get time to exercise and some with substance abuse problems can participate in treatment programs!!!
Make no mistake disciplinary confinement is a punishment for violating the code of conduct inside the prison walls!!!
It’s the only mechanism now in place for removing an inmate from the general population for the protection of staff, other inmates or sometimes even the inmate himself!!!