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At CJI, we work with departments of corrections, sheriffs' departments, and jail administrators in a wide range of ways.

Our work with those agencies includes developing and implementing safe and efficient restrictive housing practices, conducting assessments in general or post incident reviews, implementing evidence-based programming, forecasting jail populations, and developing promotional exams for jail personnel.

Examples of our work in this area include:

Reshaping Restrictive Housing in South Dakota

Restrictive housing is used in prisons across the country to achieve goals including behavioral control, violence prevention, discipline, and inmate protection. Simply put, restrictive housing, sometimes called administrative segregation or solitary confinement, typically involves separating inmates from those in general population, restricting contact with staff and inmates, and curtailing participation in activities including recreation, shared mealtimes, and other programming.

CJI worked with the South Dakota Department of Corrections (SD DOC) to reshape the practices surrounding the use of restrictive housing. Working with nationally recognized experts in the areas of high security confinement, mental health, and evaluation, CJI and SD DOC developed strategies that fit local practices, policies, and conditions. The work included:

  • Reviewing and assessing current practices and capacities;
  • Developing data-driven, alternative strategies to safely and effectively reduce restrictive housing bed days and reduce the safety risks posed by inmates during and after their time in restrictive housing;
  • Provide implementation support, technical assistance, and measure fidelity; and
  • Track performance measures.

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Prison and Jail Assessments

CJI leads and coordinates a range of assessments for prisons and jails, including security and safety audits; restrictive housing policy and practice reviews; and general management, culture, and operations assessments. We have an ongoing partnership with Correctional Consulting Services, led by Larry E. Reid, and complement our staff with other expert consultants from across the country for subject matter expertise. Our consultants have all come up through the correctional ranks and have decades of experience managing a variety of prison operations and providing consulting services.

Jail Population Policy Impact Tool

Jail population management is an important fiscal consideration in local jurisdictions throughout the country. The Jail Population Policy Impact Tool, developed by CJI, can provide local jail and county managers with valuable insight into the future costs of current policies and projected costs or savings from future policy changes.

Sheriff’s Department Promotional Exams

Staff selection for promotions are important decisions within correctional environments. CJI designs, administers, and scores promotional exams for correctional officers applying to be sergeants, lieutenants, and captains at county-based jails in Massachusetts.

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