State Prison Classification, Housing, Programming and Release Programming
State prison is the punishment that courts most commonly impose for serious crimes, such as felonies. In the prison system, the prisoner will be classified and housed accordingly, receive programming to match their individual need and be prepared for release.
During this time, officials within the state's Department of Corrections make decisions that include:
Housing within the internal facility or special housing unit,
Type, dosage, duration and intensity of treatment
How best to respond to the terms and conditions of the court order contact levels
Complexity of case plans dependent on risk and need levels
Assessing motivational readiness to address a given need
Availability of programming to fit the need,
Release preparation such as treatment recommendations and community supervision level.
Parole Boards Decisions on Release
Parole is the conditional release of a person convicted of a crime prior to the expiration of their term of imprisonment, subject to both the supervision of the correctional authorities during the remainder of the term and a resumption of the imprisonment upon violation of the conditions imposed. Parole boards created by statute possess the authority to release prisoners from incarceration.
During the parole board decision time, the parole board must make decisions that include:
- Whether the individual should be released
- The conditions of release
- Programming by institution to be released (type, dosage, duration, and intensity)
- Programming in the community (type, dosage, duration, and intensity)
- How best to respond to violations including a return to prison.