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Corrections Classification

 

The Somerset County jail has established a formal inmate classification system. This system provides a mechanism for inmate screening, assessment and classification review. All inmates will be classified. Segregation of inmates by race, color, creed, or national origin is prohibited.

The purpose of classification is an ongoing process which is used to:

  • Provide for effective management of the inmate population and facilitate housing units in a safe and secure correctional environment.
  • Identify Inmate's special needs.
  • Identify appropriate security and supervision requirements.
  • Determine appropriate housing assignments.
  • Identify and separate inmates with distinct behavioral patterns.

The Somerset County Jail's screening and risk assessment process consists of, but is not limited to:

  • Screening interview
  • Visual assessment
  • Review of commitment documents.

Screening instruments shall be utilized to elicit and record information on each inmate relating but not necessarily limited to the following:

  1. Visible injury/injuries
  2. Current or past medical conditions requiring immediate treatment.
  3. Mental or physical handicap.
  4. History of mental illness or treatment.
  5. Potential for self-injury or suicide.
  6. History of detention or incarceration.
  7. Medication currently being taken.
  8. Present appearance and behavior.
  9. Evidence of intoxication by alcohol or drugs or a history of alcohol or substance abuse.
  10. Criminal charge and conviction.
  11. Any other relevant information concerning the safety or welfare of the inmate.

Each inmates classification status shall be reviewed pursuant, to Somerset County Jail Policy. This shall be at no greater then 90-day intervals, beginning with the date of his/her primary housing. The purpose of this is to ensure the safety and security of the inmates and staff as well as the smooth operation of the facility.

 

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