Most individuals in custody comply with facility rules and regulations because they create a safe environment. However, some 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 the importance of enforcing rules in a correctional environment, the officer’s role in disciplining individuals in custody, and what to expect during disciplinary hearings.
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Enforcement of Rules and Behavioral Expectations
Common Types of Rules
Importance of Enforcing Rules and Regulations
Types of Infractions
Addressing Minor Infractions
Sanctions for Minor Infractions
Addressing Major Infractions
Sanctions for Major Infractions
Consequences of Under-Enforcement
Consequences of Over- Enforcement
Guidelines for Disciplining Individuals in Custody
Section 3: The Disciplinary Hearing Process
The Disciplinary Hearing
Inmate’s Rights in a Disciplinary Hearing
Rights Not Granted
The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Another Ruling
The Officer's Responsibilities in a Disciplinary Hearing
Section 4: Conclusion
Lt. Robert L. Hood began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 2004 as a corrections officer. He was duly promoted to Corrections Sergeant in 2009 and then to Corrections Lieutenant in 2012. He worked his way through college where he received his AAS degree from Jefferson State Community College in 2009 and his BS degree from Troy University in 2011. Most recently he completed the National Jail Leadership Command Academy Class #17 at Sam Houston State University and passed the Certified Jail Manager (CJM) examination given by the American Jail Association (AJA). Lt. Hood was recognized nationally by the AJA in January of 2016 as one of The Top 35 under 35. Lt. Hood is an FBI trained instructor in several disciplines related to corrections. Lt. Hood has instructed classes for a 2-week Jail Management School through the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy for the last 9 years. Lt. Hood was elected to be on the American Jail Association Board of Directors in 2018. Lt. Hood currently holds the position of 2nd Vice-President of the Alabama Jail Association. Disclosure: Robert Hood has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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