Florida State Prison Risk Analysis

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The administrative goal of any correctional facility is to ensure the safety and security of the facility, staff, and inmates. Inmates that possess certain characteristics that require additional or different care than others are often called a special offender population. The label of special offender population can relate to mental health capacity, gang affiliation, age, or gender identity disorder. Each of these populations of inmates require the correctional administration and officers to consider alternative forms of risk assessment at intake, alternative treatment and control, and possible alternatives to punishment. If not addressed properly, the administration and facility risk expensive litigation being brought against them for…show more content…
At intake, all inmates are assessed for mental illness, potential mental health issues, need for treatment, and to identify inmates who are likely to be a danger to themselves or others (Adams & Ferrandino, 2008). The risk assessment process is an important factor in placing inmates within the facility and should be assessed thoroughly by a trained staff member. Monahan (1996) asserts that actuarial models are more accurate than clinical models and should therefore be used to determine who is more likely to be violent and should take the place of clinical approaches. However, Banks, Robbins, Silver, Vesselinov, Steadman, Monahan, and Roth (2004) used a multi-test approach, where several instruments were used to assess offenders rated as high or low risk. The idea is that several instruments are used to assess at an individual level rather than a group level, in turn providing a more accurate probability of risk of offending. The assessment process is an important tool to assess each of the special inmate populations throughout their sentence of incarceration. Each correctional facility within the state of Florida will provide drug and alcohol counseling…show more content…
There is not a plethora of research on the transgender inmate population. Brown and McDuffie (2009) report 750 transgender prisoners were in custody in 2007. The only reason this population is last on the list of importance is because of the limited population. Transgender inmate population pose one of the most challenging legal questions to the DOC. How far does the DOC have to go in providing medical, psychiatric, or surgical needs to those inmates who enter the correctional facility as transgender (Brown & McDuffie, 2009). There has been some successful litigation that has addressed these issues with inmates who have been diagnosed with gender identity disorders (GID). Brown and McDuffie (2009), suggest California has some of the most “comprehensive directive” that allows inmates to continue or initiate “cross-sex hormones for appropriately diagnosed inmates” (p.288). Ultimately, the transgender population pose a real threat to the correctional environment, such as, safety issues and predatory behavior by other inmates. One area of concern for transgender inmate population, because it is such a relatively new population, there are not a lot of facilities medically equipped to care for them properly (Brown & McDuffie, 2009), a lot like the elderly inmate population. This population is as equally at risk of being violated as any of the other special

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