Supervising Offenders Involved in Correctional Programs and Work Details

Supervising Offenders Involved in Correctional Programs and Work Details 

Correctional programming is an important component of jails and prisons. The reality is that most people who are incarcerated will return to the community. Correctional programming includes various types of programs designed to provide educational, treatment, and work opportunities for detainees/inmates.

The goal is to help detainees/inmates address personal issues that will promote positive behavior change and to develop skills and prepare them for reintegrating back into society upon release. Participation in programs and work details also can help offset the boredom of detainment or incarceration.

Although the provision of programming opportunities provides detainees/inmates with myriad benefits, it also raises numerous security concerns. Two main security concerns are contraband and opportunities for detainees/inmates to escape.

This course explores security concerns in institutional program areas and explores the role of the correctional officer in supervising detainees/inmates in programs and on work assignments.

Disclaimer: All characters and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-SOPWD-V2
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2024
Learning Objectives:
Discuss the 6 common types of programs offered in institutions.
Identify 4 security concerns when supervising detainees/inmates in program areas.
Describe the 3 primary responsibilities of officers supervising detainee/inmate programs.
Identify 7 common types of detainee/inmate work programs and the security concerns with each type.
Explain 6 responsibilities of correctional officers supervising detainees/inmates on work assignments.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Programs

A. Types of Programs

B. Education Programs

C. Job and Vocational Training

D. Treatment Programs

E. Religious Services and Faith-Based Programs

F. Recreational/Leisure Programs

G. Security Concerns in Program Areas

H. Responsibilities of Officers Supervising in Program Areas

I. Key Considerations for Supervising in Program Areas

J. Review

K. Summary

Section 3: Work Assignments

A. Classification and Work Assignments

B. Facility Incentives

C. Common Types of Work Assignments

D. Prison Industries

E. Maintenance

F. Cleaning

G. Food Service

H. Clerks

I. Community Crews

J. Work-Release Programs

K. Review

L. Summary

Section 4: Supervising Work Assignments

A. Correctional Officer Responsibilities During Work Assignments

B. Account for Detainees/Inmates

C. Control Contraband

D. Prevent Injuries on the Job

E. Maintain Communication

F. Motivate Productivity

G. Monitor Job Performance

H. Evaluate Job Performance

I. Review

J. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

F. Exam

E. BrainSparks

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.
Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. 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 managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.


Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Joe Martin
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 declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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