The Classification Unit provides inmate screening and assessment, which
identifies the special needs, security, safety, and supervision requirements of
inmates. This is done in order to determine appropriate housing assignments and
special service requirements.
Classification of inmates is based on a formal and objective system that
utilizes a point scale, decision tree or other method capable of quantified
analysis or computation. Each inmate upon admission to the facility undergoes
an initial classification screening and risk assessment. This screening is
utilized to elicit and record information on each inmate relating to:
History of Mental Illness
Potential of Self Injury
History of Detention/Incarceration
Evidence of intoxication (alcohol/drugs)
Propensity for Victimization
After the initial screening and risk assessment is completed, the inmate is
placed in an individual housing unit within a housing area designated for that
classification purpose. Each inmate’s classification is reviewed at no greater
than a 90 day interval.
The Classification Unit also provides a mandated report to the New York State
Commission of Correction on all incidents of a serious or potentially
problematic nature that occur in the correctional facility.