leadership and correctional reform projects
Professional prison management is crucial to improving prison conditions.
Qualities and skills required to lead effectively in the prison system include emotional intelligence,
Ethics and values that inspire shared vision and strategic thinking (Campbell, 2016).
Qualities and skills required for an effective correctional facility
Leadership styles best suited to all levels of correctional institutions.
Key courses that prepare law enforcement officers for effective leadership
Ways leaders can use to manage better:
Impact of gangs and gang violence
Effects of illegal drugs and other contraband in prisons
Impact of gender and transgender issues
Impact of medical and mental health problems in the prison population
Qualities and skills required to lead effectively in the prison system
Emotional intelligence. The ability to understand the opinions of others rationally and empathetically
Emotions are achieved by consciously recognizing and processing one’s own emotions.
Ethics and values. act with integrity
Outlined in the Criminal Justice Code of Ethics and the DOC Code of Conduct.
An inspiring shared vision. The ability to imagine and picture the future creatively
A process of change to achieve collective goals
Strategic thinking. Ability to predict a wide range of outcomes, preventing groups and
Individual expectations and assessments of potential risks to the correctional system and its stakeholders.
Prison leaders need to plan for the future, recognize complexity and foresee opportunity
External environment management. is the ability to understand the inner environment
Managed by correctional staff and actively engages stakeholders. leadership must
Anticipate the internal and external impact of their decisions in promoting trust, and
Consistent with the mission of the department.
Performance measurement. Ability to inspire action, evaluate performance and set priorities
resources, develop comprehensive plans and ensure the accomplishment of the organization’s mission
Collaboration. Ability to guide the collective efforts of colleagues, stakeholders and employees
to achieve common goals. This may require breaking down hierarchies to share responsibility,
power and responsibility.
Team building. The ability to unite people of different abilities, experience levels and ideas
An impressive team with a clear goal. Team building also involves managing
A development phase that ensures a successful overall performance.
Correctional Facility Security Levels
According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (2020) is the security level of correctional facilities
are divided into:
1. High level
3. Low level
4. Minimum grade
5. Administrative security level
Security levels have the following characteristics.
High. With reinforced fencing and walls, with high girth and single or multi-chambered enclosures
Moderate. Features double fencing, reinforced perimeter and electronic inspection system.
Mostly prison cells.
Low. Features a double fenced enclosure with cubes or quarters.
Minimum. A federal prison camp with no or limited fencing. usually adjacent
Go to the main prison to organize off-site labor supply and work programs.
Management. They are prisons with special missions, such as pre-trial detention, housing
Medical care for violent or dangerous prisoners and chronically ill prisoners.