Recognizing Inmate Deception and Manipulation

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Identify reason why inmates engage in manipulation and deception of staff, to include:

a) status among peers; gain control and autonomy, b) personal reward and gain, c) control of staff; embarrassment or humiliation

Identify four considerations for recognition of manipulation and deception, to include:

a) over friendliness of inmate toward officer, b) excessive praise and flattery, building ego of staff member, c) sharing rumors concerning the staff member or others, d) requesting personal information

Identify two considerations for recognition of manipulation and deception, to include:

a) forming bond between inmate and staff member, b) excessive dependency of inmate on staff member and vice versa

Explain that victims may be:

selected intentionally or by accident

Identify factors in selection of a staff victim of inmate deception and manipulation, to include:

a) new employees, b) overly trusting or naive, c) overly familiar, d) not confident, e) complacent

Identify methods which inmates use to gather information about staff for deception and manipulation, to include:

a) observe behavior of staff member with other staff, supervisors, inmates, b) listen to conversations among staff members

Identify methods inmates use to verify information concerning staff, to include:

a) engage staff member in conversations, b) break small rules to test reaction

List three methods used by inmates to deceive or manipulate staff, to include:

a) refusing to cooperate, b) devising methods to modify the correctional officer's behavior, c) circumventing or disobeying rules

List four methods used by inmates to deceive or manipulate staff, to include:

a) being willing to do something wrong regardless of the punishment, b) distraction, c) mood changes, d) using special circumstances or situations, i.e., physical conditions, illnesses or injuries

Explain that there is a distinction between:

friendliness and familiarity

Explain that a correctional officer will encounter problems when:

exhibiting excessive friendliness, overfamiliarization, and favoritism

Identify the types of deception an inmate can use on a correctional officer, to include:

a) individual (one-on-one), b) team may be long-range and complex effort

Identify participants in a team deception, to include:

a) observers, b) contacts, c) runners, d) turners, e) pointmen

Explain the responsibilities of each member of a deception team, to include:

a) observers, b) contacts, c) runners, d) turners, e) pointmen

Explain the responsibilities of each member of a deception team, to include: definition for observers:

pay attention to correctional officers who use inmate jargon, ignore minor rule infractions, play favorites, enforce rules for some and not others, are easily distracted

Explain the responsibilities of each member of a deception team, to include: definition for contacts:

supply information about correctional officer's work habits, likes and dislikes

Explain the responsibilities of each member of a deception team, to include: definition for runners:

1) not active members, 2) ususally the only members of the team paid because they must expose themselves to the correctional officer by asking for small items like candy, cigarettes, pencils, etc

Explain the responsibilities of each member of a deception team, to include: definition for turners:

1) befriend the correctional officer and use the friendship to ultimately coerce officer into engaging in infractions of the rules, 2) least suspected by the correctional officer, 3) work very hard at establishing a close bond with the correctional officer

Explain the responsibilities of each member of a deception team, to include: definition for pointmen:

stand guard when the correctional officer is in the process of granting illegal favors, violating institutional rules or being compromised or harmed

Identify factors that affect a deception, to include:

a) goal(s) to be accomplished, b) personality characteristics of victim, c) the possible time involved, d) the location and physical layout of the area where the deception and/or manipulation will take place

Identify four considerations that help an officer avoid deception or manipulation, to include:

a) know job and perform it properly, b) communicate and act toward inmates in a manner that identifies the correctional officer as a person of skill and knowledge, c) treat all inmates firmly but fairly, d) use friendly but unfamiliar manner when dealing with inmates

Identify five considerations that help an officer avoid deception or manipulation, to include

a) document inmate behavior, b) maintain professional appearance, c) monitor remarks, gestures, actions, d) enforce rules and regulations, e) self-esteem and self-confidence

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