Eliminating fighting in a correctional facility is nearly impossible, but there are ways it can be reduced.
The Jerome Combs Detention Facility in Kankakee, Illinois is no stranger to inmate fights. However, corrections officers working at this facility utilize their corrections software to help reduce the number of fights on the grounds.
According to corrections officer Justin LeSage, this software helps to make sure that certain inmates are never housed together.
"We get inmates in here who are purposely looking to start a fight with other inmates," LeSage said. "It can be retribution or retaliation or at random. But with our corrections software, we are able to make sure that inmates with known associates or affiliations are not given the opportunity to get into trouble with another inmate."
LeSage said he faced one incident where an inmate in the Jerome Combs Detention Facility was awaiting sentencing for the murder of a woman.
The murdered woman's boyfriend committed a crime and declined to post bond so that he could enter the jail to kill his girlfriend's killer. Once brought to the detention facility, the man wanted to be housed in the same area as his girlfriend's killer.
What the man didn't know was that the corrections software classification and records keeping system prevented that from happening because his known associates were already listed.
"If we didn't have this software and inmates were housed together when they shouldn't be, who knows what could happen," LeSage said.
With this information, jail managers and corrections officers are able to manage jail populations, track inmates and prevent incidences from occurring.
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