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The Paradoxes of Corrections Security
Incarceration comes in every form, from the honor camp cottage to the maximum-security single cell. One paradox is that the low security facility may be more vulnerable to staff injury than the high security facility. This is due to the ratio of staff to inmates as well as the physical and procedural precautions that are inherent in maximum security. A second paradox, however, is inevitably true of maximum security. Ninety-five percent of the time the inmate is highly secure and so is the staff, but five percent of the time that same inmate is in a dining hall, clinic, or infirmary, or in transit to or from some other activity. The inmate is still secure, that is, the likelihood of his escape is small, but the security of the escort or monitor has dropped significantly. Still a third paradox is that a staff member is much more likely to be injured by an incarcerated youth than by a mature institutionalized inmate. It is also true that the presentenced inmate is much more unstable and unpredictable than the sentenced inmate. Finally, the danger from the inmate cannot be directly correlated with the institution. An inmate with homicidal tendencies may be in the county jail, while the meek embezzler may be in the state penitentiary.
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