Correctional facilities are responsible for maintaining custody of inmates and accounting for their whereabouts at all times. Therefore, one of the basic but critical duties of a correctional officer is to conduct various types of counts to account for all inmates, both inside and outside the facility. This course is designed for correctional officers and staff working in jails and prisons. It stresses the need for absolute accuracy in security counts. It discusses the types of security counts in a facility and how inmates try to affect the count process in a negative way. The course also examines the systems designed to help staff maintain accountability of inmates.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.00 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Inmate Accountability A. Meet Officers Nelson and Tatt B. Conducting Counts C. The Importance of Accuracy D. Types of Counts E. Timing of Counts F. Review G. Section Summary Section 3: Conducting Counts A. Inmate Deception B. Ways Inmates Avoid Their Absence from Detection C. Counting Inmates D. Ensuring the Integrity of the Count E. Reporting the Count F. Count Records G. Counts That Do Not Match H. Review I. Section Summary Section 4: Security Support Systems A. Controlled Movement B. Changes in Controlled Movement C. Pass System D. Picture-Card System E. Gate Passes F. Work-Crew Card System G. Lockdowns H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Course Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations! E. Exam F. Brain Sparks
Joe Martin is a career employee for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. Joe started his career as an officer in 1998. Joe was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and to Lieutenant in 2005. Joe worked and supervised most security positions within a male and female facility while in security that include: Internal Affairs supervisor, Special Management Unit Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Visitation Supervisor, Adjustment Committee, and Grievance Chairman. In 2012 Joe was again promoted to the Accreditation Manager. In 2013 Joe was promoted to Central Office and started in the PREA Executive department. In 2014 Joe gained his DOJ PREA auditor certification where he served as chair for many PREA Audits in Missouri and Kansas while the KY DOC was part of a consortium with several other states. During his career, he has also served as the Hostage Negotiation Team Leader and active member of the team. Joe’s accomplishments include Commissioner’s and Achievement awards for the department. Disclosure: Joe Martin has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Writer: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed.
Tracy G. Mullins is the Curriculum Designer for Public Safety at Relias. Tracy has a B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Prior to joining Relias Learning in 2017, Tracy worked in various capacities for the American Probation and Parole Association for 22 years. As a Research Associate and Sr. Research Associate, she worked on a variety of federally funded projects focusing on leadership, juvenile justice, victim services, tribal justice, and offender issues. Her responsibilities on these projects include researching justice issues, writing curricula and other publications, and delivering training and technical assistance. From 2010-2016, as Deputy Director of APPA, Tracy managed its grant division, as well oversaw its e-learning initiatives, which included writing and developing online training courses. Disclosure: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed. has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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