The 4-day program explores the following: a brief history of Restrictive Housing, issues related to the use of Restrictive Housing, constitutional amendments and court decisions related to Restrictive Housing, management strategies for Restrictive Housing focusing on addressing behavior and successful reintegration into general population, jail organizational culture and climate, staffing, and functional analysis/behavior management plans. Most importantly, the program offers participants an opportunity to increase knowledge around Restrictive Housing, share best and promising practices with peers, and develop an understanding of the Restrictive Housing “Guiding Principles” issued by the Department of Justice in the report "Department of Justice Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing". Most importantly, participants will understand the intent of the Guiding Principles and the application of these principles within jail settings. Training participants will leave the program with a concise action plan focused on implementing one of the Guiding Principles back in their jail.
To maximize the learning opportunities from this program, jurisdiction/county teams will be asked to complete several readings, watch select videos, and prepare two separate documents prior to the training. There are multiple group activities integrated throughout the program that serve as opportunities for the participants to demonstrate an understanding of the material, engage with counterparts from other jails, and to facilitate the peer learning process.
Participants should come prepared for a productive and motivating four days as they work with their counterparts from eight other jurisdictions/counties and move the correctional field forward in the management of restrictive housing populations.
Teams of three (3) from each jurisdiction consisting of one from each of the following position lines:
- Agency Head/Facility Administrator (Director of Corrections, Chief Deputy, Jail Administrator, Jail Commander, Sheriff, Under Sheriff)
- Chief of Programs/ Security (Chief of Programs, Chief of Security, Classification Administrator)
- Mental Health Director or Supervisor
The team should have oversight and decision making authority to effect change in their agencies.
As part of the selection process for the program, each applicant may be asked to describe his or her current function within the organization and validate or substantiate their decision-making authority within their agency.