RESTRICTIVE HOUSING

DOC Policy 1.3.D.4  Restrictive Housing


 

Inmates who, based upon their behavior, require greater security, supervision or control than can be afforded in general population, will be referred for Restrictive Housing status.

 

Restrictive Housing (RH) is a status for inmates whose continued presence in the general population poses a serious threat to life, property, self, staff, other inmates, or the security and/or orderly operation of the institution. Placement on RH status is based on the acts and behaviors of the inmate. Restricted housing status does not include disciplinary segregation, Investigative Purpose (IP) or protective custody status inmates. Placement on RH status is not used as a disciplinary sanction or punitive response. RH is designed to support a safe and productive environment for staff and inmates and provides a path for inmates to successfully transition to a less restrictive setting.

 

 

Restrictive Housing is composed of a multi-level program. The level system allows inmates an opportunity to enhance and demonstrate their readiness to return to general population and/or the community through successful participation in prescribed programming and by earning progressive privileges through advancement in the established program levels.

 

 

Level 1 is the most restrictive level. This level is a maximum of 15 days in duration.

Level 2 is the entry level for all inmates placed in Restrictive Housing. This level is a minimum of 60 days in duration.

Level 3 is the intermediate level. This level is a minimum of 90 days in duration.

Level 4 is the least restrictive level within Unit A. This level is a minimum of 90 days in duration.


What was previously known as Level 5, the final level of the program, is now known as Modified Housing. 

 

 

If special circumstances warrant, placement of an inmate on a level may be extended, modified or reduced. Inmates have no implied right or expectation for placement on a particular level or for transfer.

 

 

Activities, privileges and property associated with each level are identified on the Restrictive Housing Property List by Level and Restrictive Housing Level and Privileges Table.

 

Inmates on RH status levels 2-4 will have access to appropriate programs that support transition back to general population or the community. Programs may include General Education Development (GED), chemical dependency (CD) and mental health (MH).

 

The prescribed programming for an inmate may be modified or revised based on individualized assessment results (relying on current conduct, medical and/or mental health assessments and other available objective evidence) and/or the current individualized program development (IPD) established for the inmate.
 

All inmates placed on restrictive housing status have access to health and behavioral health services.

 

A staff member provides support and mentoring sessions to program participants to enhance motivation and support behavior change. The staff member teaches traditional Native American cultural practices and philosophy to program participants in a manner that supports the incorporation of these practices and philosophies into their lives and behavior change.

 

 

All inmates on RH status will receive a status review a minimum of every 30 days. Movement between levels will generally occur following the review. Inmates may move up a level, down a level, or be retained at their current level. All inmates placed on RH status will receive a face-to-face review once a week, for the first 60 days following initial placement on RH status.

 

Staff for the RH program apply and are selected for assignment to the unit following an interview and supervisory review. Staff assigned to RH receive training in managing inmates on RH status specific to their job duties and positions they are assigned to within the unit.

 

Crime & Justice Institute Reshaping Restrictive Housing at South Dakota State Penitentiary

 

An officer makes rounds in a Restrictive Housing cellblock. An officer talks with an inmate cell-front. A teacher reviews work completed by an inmate in Restrictive Housing.
An officer makes rounds
in a Restrictive Housing cellblock.
An officer talks with an inmate cell-front. A teacher reviews work completed by an inmate in Restrictive Housing.