Principle of least eligibility
The ideas that inmates should be the least eligible of all citizens to receive any social benefits beyond those required by the law.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Institution created in 1929 by the House Special Committee on Federal Penal and Reformatory Institutions.
Often referred to as "maxi-max." These institutions are built to house the most violent and aggressive individuals in the correctional system.
Correctional institutions that hold inmates requiring the highest degree of custody and control.
Correctional institutions in which inmates are allowed to engage in recreational activities.
Correctional institutions in which inmates are allowed extensive freedoms under limited correctional supervision.
Location where an individual was classified according to security and rehabilitative programs. This concept failed because it was independent from the institution that incarcerated the offender.
Integrated classification program
Inmate classification system in which a classification committee, usually chaired by the warden or superintendent of the institution, was formed. The decisions of this committee were binding on the administrative, and any changes in the treatment program of the inmate had to be approved by the committee.
Correctional units in which professional staff determines which treatment program and correctional facility are appropriate for the individual offender.
First element of a classification program; new inmates should be segregated for purposes of medical tests and for orientation.
A form of psychotherapy aimed at addressing the specific needs of an individual. The success of this type of therapy in a controlled environment such as prison is highly questionable.
Therapy that operates on the principle that the past is significant in an individual's behavior only to the extent that he or she so permits; the focus is therefore on the present.
Theory based on the belief that each person has three persons within- a parent, an adult, and a child. Games, psychodrama, and script analysis help the individual to understand how these three persons control his or her behavior. The goal is to understand and develop spontaneity and a capacity for intimacy.
Social therapies promote the idea that the client is not to be rehabilitated in isolation from the environment. The two major social therapies are group therapy and milieu management. Also known as environmental therapies.
Method based on learning theory; applied to change behavior by rewarding appropriate behaviors and removing reinforcements for negative actions.
System whereby the prison labor force was placed in the hands of a lessee for a previously agree-upon fee.
System under which the state maintained inmates but sold their labor to a contractor, who, in turn, supervised them while providing the necessary work equipment.
System in which a contractor pays a fixed price for each finished piece of work done by inmates.
Public (state) account system
A system that brought the entire prison labor system under the control of the state.