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Classification

Classification

Inmates being escorted into the jail.

Classification is the primary method of keeping order in a correctional facility by dividing inmates into categories of security risks. Classification keeps inmates who could harm other inmates or officers from mixing with inmates who are not as inclined to violent behavior. It also provides a system of reward and punishment to control inmate behavior.

The classification process sends a message to inmates of the need to behave and comply with rules and procedures – good behavior will result in improvements in their classification and poor behavior will result in their classification being changed to a less desirable level of inmate life and environment. Proper classification where inmates are reviewed in an objective manner is the cornerstone to maintaining order in the facility.

Improper classification creates problems since the “message” to inmates regarding the cause and affect of their behavior is confused and has less effort on their desire to comply with rules and procedures since they can not see clear benefits to “good behavior”. In addition, the facility risks liability problems if wrongly classified inmates are mixed. A well-designed classification system can also alleviate some problems caused by over-crowding.

News & Notices

Scott County Sheriff's Office held a Swearing In Ceremony on November 9th. Curt Wilson, Christopher Laye, Douglass Adams and Jonathon Johnson have been hired as the newest deputy sheriffs for Scott County. Curt Wilson grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa and graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1990...
Posted: November 9, 2018
On Friday, November 9th at 0900, the Scott County Sheriff's Office will hold a Swearing In Ceremony in the Sheriff's Office Conference Room on the second floor of the Scott County Courthouse. Curt Wilson, Christopher Laye, Douglass Adams and Jonathon Johnson have been hired as the newest deputy...
Posted: November 8, 2018
Sheriff Lane swore in Reserve Deputy’s Shaun Logan and Alex Gries today at a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office. We would like to welcome them to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Shaun Logan is the son of Vickie Logan and the late Mike Logan. After high school at North Scott High School, Shaun...
Posted: October 12, 2018