CORRECTIONS CASE STUDY
Methods Used To Maintain Order and Safety in the Prison
One of the methods that Sergeant Baldwin and his staff use to maintain order and safety at the
prison is by keeping the prison locked down much of the time, meaning that the prisoners are
always locked up in their cells 24 hours a day for days at a time. This method, according to
Baldwin, has an advantage of ensuring that the prisoners are given time to calm down all the
frustrations and rage to rethink all their violent behavior. However, the disadvantage of keeping
them locked up for long makes their frustrations to build up, and they might act aggressively or
edgy when they are finally let out of the cells. It is an effective method of preventing violence and
disorder, although it might come across as being a bit unethical.
Another method is to release at most 20 inmates at a time to the roundhouse exercise yard to control
the potential for violence. On the towers, the officers in charge wait with weapons for the first sign
of violence. They often fire warning shots or fire at close proximity to the violent inmates to try
and break a fight. The perpetrators are then thrown into a holding cell. This is effective, and neither
the inmates nor officers' lives are put in danger. It also ensures that violent inmates learn a lesson
not to be aggressive towards other inmates or...