Disciplining Inmates


Most inmates comply with facility rules and regulations because they create a safe environment. However, some inmates may rebel against authority and disobey rules, while others may not be capable of following rules on a consistent basis. As a correctional officer, you are responsible for responding to rule violations. This course discusses enforcing rules in a correctional environment, the officer’s role in disciplining inmates, and the disciplinary hearing.

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Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Nevada Commission on Peace Officers' Standards & Training


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-DI
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between discipline and punishment.
Describe the two types of controls used to enforce facility rules and regulations.
List four possible tasks that correctional officers may complete at an inmate's disciplinary hearing.

Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Enforcing Rules and Regulations
A. Meet Officer Smith
B. The Inmate Handbook
C. Inmate Compliance
D. Discipline vs. Punishment
E. Types of Rule Violations
F. Subduing Inmates
G. Using Force
H. Using Deadly Force
I. More About Using Deadly Force
J. Exercise: Enforcing Rules and Regulations
K. Section Summary
Section 3: Disciplining Inmates: The Officer’s Role
A. Finding the Balance
B. Informal Discipline/Control
C. The Informal Discipline Process
D. Presence
E. Reminder
F. Warning
G. Public vs. Private
H. Incident Report
I. Formal Discipline/Control
J. Guidelines for Disciplining Inmates
K. Inmates with Mental Illness
L. Inmates with Intellectual Disabilities
M. Under-Enforcement
N. The Consequences of Under-Enforcement
O. Over-Enforcement
P. How Do I Avoid Over-Enforcement?
Q. Balanced Enforcement
R. Exercise: The Officer’s Role
S. Section Summary
Section 4: The Disciplinary Hearing
A. The Disciplinary Hearing
B. Inmate’s Rights in a Disciplinary Hearing
C. Rights Not Granted
D. The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Another Ruling
E. The Officer's Role in a Disciplinary Hearing
F. Penalties
G. Loss of Good Time
H. Types of Restrictive Housing
I. Exercise: The Disciplinary Hearing
J. Section Summary
Section 5: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Congratulations

Instructor: Jon Galley
Mr. Galley began his career with the Maryland Division of Correction (MDOC) in 1967 as a Correctional Teacher at the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC). In 1972, he became the Assistant Warden, and in 1979, he was promoted as Warden of MCTC. In 1981, he became Commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction. In 1984, he returned to the field as Warden of Roxbury Correctional Institution until 1993 when he resigned to become Warden at the Montgomery County Detention Center. He later served as Chief of Security at the Frederick County Detention Center. In 1999, Mr. Galley returned to the Maryland Division of Correction to accept the position as Warden of Western Correctional Institution. Under his leadership, the Western Correctional Institution became the first Maryland institution to achieve accreditation by the American Correctional Association. He became the Assistant Commissioner of the former West Region in 2007 and the Regional Executive Director of the North Region of the newly reorganized Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in 2011. He is responsible for the oversight of six (6) major institutions and Community Supervision offices in eight (8) counties. Mr. Galley serves as an auditor for the accreditation program of the American Correctional Association and has done consulting work for the U.S. State Department. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University and graduate degrees from Shippensburg State University and Southern Illinois University.  Disclosure: Jon Galley has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections; and the following practice categories: Correctional Nursing.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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