Minn. DOC revises inmate disciplinary policy

The changes come after an employee said the previous “flawed” policy resulted in the rise of attacks on COs in the state’s prisons


By Corrections1 Staff

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Department of Corrections announced that it has revised its inmate segregation policy.

KTSP reports that previously inmates who assaulted prison staff had to spend 90 days in a segregation unit. Before 2016, inmates would spend two years in a segregation unit.

Under the revised policy, inmates who attack prison staff will have a chance to enter a four-step behavioral program and regain privileges while transitioning into the general population.

According to the policy, the program is “to be completed over approximately 12 months and offenders can progress more quickly, or more slowly, through the steps depending on the severity of the behavior that led to their placement in restrictive housing.”

The changes come after an employee said the previous “flawed” disciplinary policy resulted in the rise of attacks on COs in the state’s prisons. The DOC also said it was investigating recent attacks on 11 officers last week.

Prison staff will also be allowed to send inmates back into segregation if they aren’t showing improvements after going through the four-step behavioral program.

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