Classification of Inmates
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EFFECTIVE DATE: January 17, 2005
Revised November 01, 2009

It is the policy of the Garfield County Jail to classify inmates in a way that not only ensures public safety, but also provides for safe, humane inmate treatment by housing similar offenders together.  The Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections Objective Point Scale System will be used to classify all inmates.

Classification is an objective means of identifying and categorizing various offender traits, characteristics, and potential risks and liabilities in order to detain offenders in a safe, humane manner.  Proper classification ensures secure jail operations and facilitates staff and public safety.  It also allows inmates to participate in different programs and services that constructively occupy their time while in custody, which facilitates the orderly management of the jail.  Inmates will not be classified by race, color, creed, or national origin but will be separated by gender or other management necessities.

Upon initial acceptance into the facility, a deputy in the booking room will place the inmate into a holding cell.  They may be housed with more than one person at this time. If they are combative, need medical care, are highly intoxicated, or detoxifying from drugs, they may be isolated in a single cell for jail security and inmate safety.

A Classification Officer will give them a Classification Assessment Interview form to fill out in their holding cell.  Once the inmate has filled out the Assessment form, a Classification Officer will interview them.  After the interview is complete, Classifications will then score the inmate on his criminal history, his current charges, past institutional behavior and life stability factors.

The inmate will then be placed in the corresponding pod depending on their score.  The classification process will be explained to them to help them understand why they have been housed in the pod that they have been assigned.

Inmates are instructed that their behavior during their incarceration can affect their future placement in the facility.  The inmate may request to be reclassified and may go down one level of security from their initial classification if they have not committed any infractions listed in the issued inmate handbook.  Inmates may move down only one level from their initial classification. 

For the safety and security of both inmates and staff, a person may be placed anywhere in this facility or moved to another facility if it is deemed necessary.