A class incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all persons sentenced to a State correctional facility are classified and determinations are implemented.
Nature and Scope
Class incumbents work under the general supervision of a technical superior. Work includes leading classification team discussions to assure that relevant factors are taken into consideration and that the team renders a justifiable recommendation. A class incumbent also participates in the transfer of inmates, in and out of State. An incumbent in this class makes recommendations and provides advisory inmate classification services that enables the department staff to ensure individualized treatment and custody of offenders. The ability to understand and help resolve problems caused by the differing viewpoints of custody and treatment personnel is a significant aspect of the work.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Ensures inmates are interviewed, tested and examined by individual members of the multidisciplinary classification team, such as counselors, teachers, correctional officers and medical personnel for the purpose of initial classification or reclassification.
Receives records and reports from individual classification team members with the results of their meeting with the inmate and their assessment of the inmate's needs. Reviews these records and reports for accuracy of conclusion, completeness of information and adherence to standards.
Schedules and chairs meetings of the multidisciplinary classification team, and leads the group's discussion to assure that all relevant information is taken into consideration and that the team reaches a justifiable recommendation.
Ensures the implementation of the Institutional Classification Committee's decisions by conducting on-site inspections of the custody assignments and treatment programs of inmates, investigates cases of noncompliance and takes corrective actions.
Participates in transfer of inmates among facilities to implement the decisions of the Institutional Classification Committee or for population control, and recommends the transfer of inmates in crisis situations to ensure the safety of other inmates and correctional personnel.
Recommends changes to inmate classification procedures to effect timely placement of inmates to appropriate custody assignment and treatment programs.
Presents and defends the team's classification and recommendation consensus to the Institutional Classification Committee for final determination.
Conducts special studies and researches and presents findings to the Institutional Classification Committee for utilization as part of the inmate classification procedures.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of inmate classification, treatment theories and practices, custody assignments, and treatment programs for inmates.
Knowledge of applicable correctional laws, rules and regulations.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in analyzing program problems.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques conducting special studies related to inmate classification.
Skill in effective means of establishing and maintaining working relationships with inmates, subordinate staff and superiors.
Skill in written and oral communication.
Ability to oversee and coordinate the activities of the inmate classification team.
Ability to assess program problems, conduct special studies of inmate classification, and draw sound conclusions from this information.
Ability to keep records and prepare reports.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Inmate Classification Officer I Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Six months experience in using an inmate classification system to classify inmates based on risk factors and treatment needs.
Six months experience in making recommendations as part of a clients service plan such as clinical treatment, counseling, or determining eligibility for health or human services/benefits.
Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.