Resident Classification

Individuals committed to the custody of the Department are sent to a Reception and Diagnostic Unit (RDU) for evaluation and classification.

During the RDU process, prison residents receive a physical examination, a psychological evaluation, an educational assessment, and a substance abuse evaluation.

Most residents will be assigned a custody level based on the following (civil commitments and residents under the sentence of death are not classified):

  • Current crime
  • Criminal history
  • Escape history
  • Age
  • Institutional behavior
  • Proximity to release
  • Detainers and warrants
  • Placement matrix
  • Risk posed to the public, staff, and other residents
  • Programming needs

Classification Types