Resident Classification

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 offenders 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 offenders; and
  • Programming needs.

The classification types are listed on the buttons.


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