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Restrictive Housing Training

Restrictive Housing Training for Jails:

Instructor Led Training Session
Managing Jail Restrictive Housing Populations
Class Starts: TBD

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.

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Parent Initiative

This webpage has been developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to correctional agencies regarding the safe and respectful management of restrictive housing populations.

Restrictive housing has long been a feature of America’s prisons. The justifications for its use have varied over time, as has acceptance of the practice.

The 1970s and early 1980s marked the beginning of a “modern” era in restrictive housing. Several factors contributed to the trend. As the inmate population increased, so too did prison overcrowding. Many institutions were forced to scale back programming for prisoners, creating more idle time. Newly organized street gangs expanded their influence inside the prison system. Disturbances