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Carolina Brig's Goal Is a Hand Up, Not a Handout

NCJ Number
Corrections Today Volume: 54 Issue: 1 Dated: (February 1992) Pages: 82,86-87
J R Barnes; M B Rucker
Date Published
3 pages
The Navy Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of two, 400-bed facilities that are the cornerstones of the service's new correctional system. This direct supervision facility opened in 1989 and is seeking American Correctional Association accreditation.
By combining military leadership, dedicated civilian professionalism, and superlative correctional design and programming, this facility offers a model for civilian and military correctional system. The inmate management system is comprised of five major elements. The success experienced in inmate management is largely attributable to the effective use of line staff and military leadership. Objective inmate screening and classification are used to determine special supervision requirements including potential for suicidal; physical or mental health problems; or a history of criminal conduct, violence, escape, substance abuse, or contagious diseases. During the initial indoctrination period, all inmates are classified to housing, work, and program participation using the Adult Internal Management System. The brig uses unit management as a means of inmate and institutional management designed to improve control and relationships. The Naval Consolidated Brig has developed good relationships with military and civilian communities through work release programs, community service projects, and contracts to repair government vehicles and ground maintenance.