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Inmate Behavior Management: Guide to Meeting Basic Needs

NCJ Number
Scott Hoke, Ph.D.; Randy Demory
Date Published
February 2014
76 pages
This guide presents information on meeting the basic needs of inmates and managing inmate behavior.
The basic needs of inmates that need to be taken care of by jail administrators are physical needs, safety needs, social needs, and emotional needs. Meeting the basic need of inmates is one of the six elements of the inmate behavior management plan developed by the National Institute of Corrections. The plans elements are 1) assessing risks and needs, 2) assigning inmates to housing, 3) meeting inmates' basic needs, 4) defining and conveying expectations for inmates, 5) supervising inmates, and 6) keeping inmates productively occupied. This report has eight chapters that contain information dealing specifically with meeting inmates' basic needs: Chapter 1: The Importance of Meeting Inmates' Basic Needs; Chapter 2: Meeting Basic Needs and How the Concept Contributes to Inmate Behavior Management; Chapter 3: The Roles of Various Jail Divisions in Meeting Inmate Needs; Chapter 4: The Connection Between Basic Needs, Inmate Misconducts, and Grievances; Chapter 5: Self-Assessment of Basic Needs; Chapter 6: Monitoring Implementation; Chapter 7: Conclusion; and Chapter 8: Using the Resource Materials. Bibliography and appendixes