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ORIENTATION Designed to help familiarize you with the rules and regulations of the institution, the expectations of the staff and the services and programs that are available to you. Note: The information provided is subject to change and only supplements your inmate handbook.

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The Indiana County Jail located at 665 Hood School Road, Indiana, PA 15701-1795, is owned by the County of Indiana. Indiana County Jail is funded by the local tax base and is governed by the Indiana County Prison Board. Indiana County Jail confines men and women who are committed by judges, magistrates or other legal authorities. When confinement orders are lifted or expire, inmates are released.   In an institution of confinement, it is necessary that rules and regulations be established for information and guidance. This orientation is prepared for your benefit and guidance and will serve as a guideline to you of what is expected of you during your incarceration at the Indiana County Jail. It is your responsibility to learn the rules and abide by them. Jail staff is available to answer questions you may have regarding this orientation. You are encouraged to ask for help when you need it.   Jail life can be stressful, but you can reduce your stress by adopting a positive attitude. The Indiana County Jail strives for mutually respectful interactions between staff and inmates.   It is important that you obey the orders issued by jail employees. If you receive conflicting orders, follow the last order given. You may complain later to the appropriate staff member via an Inmate Request Form. Your complaint will be investigated and you will receive a response.        ~ Think before you speak or act ~ INTRODUCTION TO THE INDIANA COUNTY JAIL


MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Indiana County Jail is to provide a constitutionally secure correctional environment that adequately detains persons accused or convicted of illegal acts; to provide access to programs and services and to provide supervision in a safe, lawful, clean and humane environment that will enable people to prepare to return to society.


GOALS To promote community safety by providing a secure correctional environment. To affirm the dignities and rights of individuals. To provide a safe environment for both staff and inmates. To provide humane treatment in the context of willingness to learn and change. To foster healthy interaction among staff and inmates. To process all persons expeditiously through the system and to ensure prompt, lawful admission and discharge. To provide treatment that is adequate and appropriate for inmates in custody. To operate an efficient and cost effective correctional system.




ADMINISTRATION Carol L. Hummel Lori J. Hamilton Warden Deputy Warden of Operations Lesley S. Simmons Deputy Warden of Facility Services Amy Rhoades Administrative Assistant *addressed as “Warden/Deputy Warden” or “Ms./Mrs.”_______


TREATMENT STAFF Medical Department Psychiatrist Dr. Calvert Dr. Jamil Ahmed, Medical Doctor Corrections Counselors; Courtney L. Shall, BA Jeremy P. Bernard, BA Edward Smith, (PT Counselor) *addressed as “Dr.”or “Mr./Ms./Mrs._______


INMATE SERVICES Tammie Shetler, Records Department Jessica Morse; Inmate Accounts, Lobby Clerk *addressed as “Ms./Mrs.”_______


SERGEANTS Sgt. Fatula Sgt. Anderson Sgt. Cessna Sgt. Sparks Sgt. Conrad *addressed as “Sergeant”_______



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Prior to being admitted to the Indiana County Jail, the staff verifies the legal documents pertaining to your commitment. Once the documents are found to be in order the staff begins the intake process. Note: there is a $50 booking fee for all inmates committed to the ICJ

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UPON ENTERING THE INDIANA COUNTY JAIL YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO: Identify yourself. Truthfully answer any and all questions. Remove ALL piercings. Supply the booking officer with all your clothing and valuables. You will be given a receipt for all articles turned over to staff. You and a staff member will verify the accuracy of the receipt and acknowledge this fact with your signatures. Cooperate with a search of all your clothing and personal articles. Shower, using a delousing solution if necessary. Accept the issuance of clothing, bedding, personal hygiene items, and other items of approved property. Remove hairpieces and/or extensions and artificial fingernails. Cooperate when you are photographed, when a personal history is compiled, and when fingerprinted. Items of personal property that are permitted in the institution will be returned to you.

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Once the ‘Intake Process’ is complete, you will be housed in HC under ‘quarantine status’ until the Medical Department has cleared you. Usually lasts 48-72 hours after commitment Requires 23 hour lock down in your cell Protects you and others from possible infection/disease




DISBURSEMENT: Court Order Records staff will keep a copy of the court order, verify the identification of the person receiving your property, obtain their signature, and note the disposition of the property on your Personal Property Inventory sheet before releasing it. Discharge to the Community You will be issued all personal property that has been held by the Indiana County Jail for you. You will be required to sign your Property Inventory sheet acknowledging receipt of your property. Personal Request You may request to release clothing items or send valuables home by completing a Property Release Form and forwarding it to the Sergeants for approval. However, all valuables must be released as one package. Identification and a signature will be required from the person who receives your property. Discharge to another Institution If you are being discharged to another agency that does not accept all of your personal property, you may have your property boxed and mailed to an address of your choice, or picked up by a friend or relative within one month. You will be responsible for the cost of shipping. Jail staff will dispose of property not claimed within one month. Your personal property will only be released by:

Sample Property Release Form : 

Sample Property Release Form


AUTHORIZED PROPERTY *Refer to your handbook regarding authorized property for special programming such as Work Release. *The only other property, other than clothing, you are permitted to have in your possession are: A religious medallion if worn when committed. A chain no longer than 18” in length may accompany the medallion. The medallion can be no larger than a 50 cent piece. Religious books (issued by the Deputy Warden of Facility Services). Address book. Five (5) books or publications in any combination. Legal documents pertaining to your current case. Glasses or contacts with storage container. Dentures with storage container. Medic alert bracelet or necklace. Two (2) washcloths. Twenty (20) letters or cards. Writing material (paper and envelopes) Wedding band with no stones. One (1) comb or pick and one brush. Two (2) cups purchased by you from commissary. One (1) bowl with lid purchased by you from commissary. Plastic spoons purchased by you from commissary. Other items purchased by you from commissary not to be in excessive amounts. You may have one (1) pair of shower shoes, either issued or purchased by you from commissary. One (1) set of colored pencils. Two (2) pens. Two (2) board games and two (2) decks of cards. Material for treatment and educational programs.




ISSUED PROPERTY New Commitments Two (2) pair white underwear Two (2) white t-shirts Two (2) pair white socks Two (2) white bras (females) One (1) pair shower shoes One (1) pair canvas shoes Two (2) sheets One (1) blanket One (1) property bag/container One (1) Inmate Handbook One (1) laundry bag Two (2) jail uniforms One (1) personal hygiene kit issued to you upon arrival must be dressed in jail issued clothing at all times clothing may not be marked or altered in any way all jail issued items must remain in your possession during your period of confinement you will be charged for any damage, destruction, or loss of county property If you do not receive these items, it is your responsibility to notify an officer!



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PERMITTED ONE FREE PHONE CALL Will take place on your housing unit Use the blue phones provided along with your PIN NOTE: It is YOUR responsibility to keep your PIN confidential. Do NOT give it out. If someone else gets your PIN, the jail will NOT pursue an investigation to get your money back.



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There are 4 basic classification levels at this institution. They are: Minimum, Medium, Maximum, and Work Release. The following factors are used when determining your classification (Note: your classification level dictates your housing location/status): Type of offense   Prior record   History of behavior   Current institutional record   Degree of risk Specific behavior   Psychiatric and/or medical problems   Treatment programs recommended/completed   Any other factors the Treatment Department deems pertinent *Classification is an ongoing process. You may be reclassified to a more or less restrictive housing unit at any time during your incarceration. Note:


RECLASSIFICATION Takes place 30 days after your classification date. After 1st reclassification, it will take place on an as needed basis Is based on your behavior, attitude, program motivation, offense and any other factors deemed pertinent. Note: your reclassification level is determined by the reclassification committee consisting of: Corrections Counselors, Sergeants, Housing Unit Officers, and Records Department.


OTHER HOUSING STATUSES Pre-hearing Segregation for those who display a pattern of unmanageable behavior and disciplinary charges have been filed against you and referred to a hearing board. Disciplinary The Hearing Examiner will place you on DS after being found guilty of an offense charged against you on a Misconduct Report. Your conditions of confinement include one (1) hour recreation five (5) days per week, a minimum of two (2) showers per week and one (1) thirty (30) minute visit per week. Any time you leave your cell, you will be handcuffed Medical Segregation for those whose physical health requires close monitoring. Mental Health Segregation for those whose mental health requires close monitoring. Protective Custody Segregation for protection from another inmate or group of inmates. You may request this status or be placed into it by staff. A minimum stay of 2 weeks is required before you can be taken out of this custody level. Security Segregation for those who are a risk for escape, a danger to or demonstrate violence toward others, or pose a serious security threat to the institution. If you are temporarily transferred here from another facility, you may be assigned this status. You may be assigned this status if you refuse to provide information or fail to cooperate during the commitment process. ADMINISTRATIVE SEGREGATION CATEGORIES




HEADCOUNT May occur at any time. Failure to cooperate may result in a serious disciplinary infraction. Two Types Formal (standing): When a formal or standing headcount is announced, you are to go directly to your assigned cell or designated area to be counted and will be locked in. You will stand on the floor in your cell/dorm, where the officer taking the count can see and recognize you. You must show your wristband I.D. Do not talk to anyone or change your location while the officer is conducting count. You may not leave your assigned cell/dorm or area until COUNT CLEAR is announced. Informal: Standing is not required. Follow the instructions of your Housing Unit Officer. Do not talk to anyone or change your location while the Officer is conducting count.


LOCK DOWN May occur at anytime Go directly to your cell/dorm All activity in the dayroom will stop Is quiet; talking cell/dorm to cell/dorm, or through vents or doors is not permitted. Disciplinary action will be taken if the above rules are not followed.


MOVEMENT Anytime you are traveling outside of your housing unit… Walk on the RIGHT side of any corridor Walk single file Walk quietly and orderly, do NOT run Walk directly to the place you are to report to Do not stop along the way to talk unless stopped by a staff member Do not yell to others or make loud noises to get someone’s attention In the event of an assistance call and you see staff reporting; STOP immediately and face the wall until told to move. Failure to follow the above rules will result in disciplinary action.


CONTRABAND Is any item(s)… You are not authorized to have Not issued to you Not permitted by written regulation Altered from its original form Presenting a possible risk of harm to others That jeopardizes security Excess amounts of authorized items *Refer to handbook for possible examples




INMATE REQUEST SLIPS Found on housing units Must be filled out in its entirety Be specific and precise, leaving room for staff to respond Do NOT detach yellow copy When completed, place in mailbox also located on your housing unit It will then be forwarded to the appropriate staff member


INMATE REQUEST SLIPS Can be used to correspond with the following departments: Any department within the Jail Administration, Sergeants, Correction Counselors, Records, Inmate Accounts Any Indiana County agency Public Defender’s office, Probation, Domestic Relations, etc.


INMATE REQUEST SLIPS Rules… Fill out only one request slip per issue limited to the space provided do NOT send duplicate slips addressing the same issue You need to be patient and allow 10 business days for a response before resubmitting Numerous and repetitious request slips will be returned without a response and subject to disciplinary action

Sample Request Form : 

Sample Request Form Housing Unit Name & Cell Number


GRIEVANCES Grievances regarding alleged violations are filed on an Inmate Grievance Form, which you request from the Sergeant on Duty. After completing the form in its entirety, place it in the designed mailbox on your housing unit. A response will be returned to you by either Deputy Wardens or Warden within 10 business days from the date received Note: The chain of command should be exhausted before filing a grievance and NOT all complaints are grievable.


GRIEVANCES No grievance will be considered from a group or representative of any group. All grievances must be on an individual basis No grievance will be accepted that contains any obscene language or vulgar remarks You must file a written grievance within five (5) days after a potentially grievable event has occurred No inmate will be disciplined for filing a grievance or for pursuing a remedy using the proper grievance procedure No immunity is afforded to any inmate from civil or criminal liability for any of his/her acts or statements.


GRIEVANCES Grievable Issues • An alleged violation of civil or constitutional rights • An alleged violation of jail policy • An alleged criminal or prohibited act by a staff member • An alleged condition existing within the facility that creates unsafe or unsanitary living conditions • A dispute about the assessment of a specific fee or service charge, including, but not limited to medical fees Non Grievable Issues • State and federal court decisions • County, state and federal laws and regulations • Probation and parole decisions • Other matters beyond the control of the facility • Disciplinary hearing decisions


GRIEVANCE PROCESS Step I – The grievance will be received and time/date stamped by a Deputy Warden or designee for review. If the grievance is incomplete, is not a Grievable matter, and/or cites multiple issues it will be returned. A response will be returned within ten (10) business days. Step II – If the grievant is not satisfied with the Step I response, he/she may appeal the decision to a committee comprised of the deputy wardens or designees. The appeal must be filed within five (5) business days. A response will be returned within ten (10) business days. Step III – If the grievant is not satisfied with the Step II response, he/she may appeal the decision to the warden and/or Chief Clerk or their designees. At this step, a grievance may be denied, granted, or deferred for a formal hearing. All decisions at this stage are final. (In the event that a hearing is ordered, a solicitor will officiate the grievance hearing).




TELEPHONE CALLS Each housing unit dayroom is equipped with debit phones for use during dayroom time. You MUST use your PIN, which was given to you when you were booked into the facility. Do NOT give this number out; it is YOUR responsibility to keep this number safe. Your PIN is also used to purchase commissary Do NOT use someone else’s PIN *Refer to your handbook for more specific telephone instructions including adding money to your telephone account.


PENNSYLVANIA PRISON SOCIETY The Pennsylvania Prison Society is a non-profit organization whose headquarters are located in Philadelphia, which has actively advocated prison reform since 1787. Volunteers visit the jail and will attempt to see every individual who wishes to talk to them. They do not deal with legal matters. It is best if you contact a Prison Society representative through the U.S. Mail at the following address:     The Pennsylvania Prison Society 245 North Broad Street Suite 300 Philadelphia, PA 19107-1581


PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE Completed Public Defender applications should be placed in the box designated for Request Slips on your housing unit. Can be reached by: Request Slip Telephone ‘Call Slip’ (located on your housing unit; used to reach your attorney, private or public only). It is the policy of the PD’s Office to accept calls on Tuesdays and Fridays only. US Mail using the following address: Indiana County Courthouse Public Defender’s Office 825 Philadelphia Street Indiana, PA 15701


DOMESTIC RELATIONS Can be reached either by Request Slip or US Mail to address child support issues. Remember to include your case number on all correspondences. Indiana County Domestic Relations Section 665 Philadelphia Street Suite 101 Indiana, PA 15701


MAIL No limit on the amount of letters you send or receive; HOWEVER, you may only have a total of 20 letters/cards in your possession. Do NOT draw or write on the outside of your envelopes or they will be returned to you. Any incoming mail that has unauthorized contents or contraband, smells of perfume/cologne or violates ICJ mail policy, will be returned to sender in its entirety. You will be notified in writing when this occurs. All incoming mail, with the exception of legal mail, will be opened and searched. With probable cause/suspicion, the Warden may order mail to be read when searched.


MAIL Inmate John Doe Indiana County Jail 665 Hood School Road Indiana, PA 15701 Ms. Jane Doe 1234 Easy St. Indiana, PA 15701 Ms. Jane Doe 1234 Easy St. Indiana, PA 15701 Inmate John Doe Indiana County Jail 665 Hood School Road Indiana, PA 15701 Outgoing Incoming


INMATE TO INMATE MAIL Mail from one inmate to another must be pre-approved whether the inmate is an inmate at the Indiana County Jail OR is an inmate at another Correctional Facility including a State Institution. You must request approval from your Corrections Counselor using the appropriate form. If approved, letters will not exceed one per week. Mail from one inmate to another inmate that will not be permitted includes but is not limited to:   The passing or receiving of notes from one inmate to another inmate   Third party mail – mail sent out from an inmate to a person on the outside, then sent back in to the jail to another inmate   Mail from inmates at other facilities without prior approval

Sample Correspondence Request : 

Sample Correspondence Request


LEGAL MAIL Is… Anything received from attorneys, judges, probation/parole or other public officials Checked and searched, in your presence Opened prior to discovery that it is legal mail, if it does not contain adequate information on the envelope suggesting its nature. You must sign for your legal mail when receiving it. Any checks/money orders will be deposited into your Inmate Account and a receipt will be issued


PUBLICATIONS Newspapers, magazines, books… Must be prepaid Must be shipped directly from the publishing company via US mail to the ICJ Must have your name on the front cover Publications found in another inmate’s possession, altered in any way or are outside of your assigned cell or cubicle are contraband and will be confiscated and disposed of. Violation of this policy could result in the temporary loss of this privilege. Repeated violations could result in permanent loss of the privilege. Are subject to inspection; if it contains information that poses a risk to the safety and security of the facility, it will NOT be forwarded to you. Notification of such will be sent to you in writing. *Refer to handbook for possible examples and more information on Publications Permitted 5 publications at any time in any combination Books must be paperback


PERSONAL PHOTOS Must come through the US mail CANNOT be Polaroid's or larger than 4 inches by 6 inches Photos considered offensive in nature will NOT be accepted *Any violation of mail guideline policies will be returned to the sender


SELF PORTRAITS You have the opportunity to share photographs of yourself with your family and friends -----------------HOW------------------- Submit a Request Slip to the Technical Support Officer The officer will then take your photo in your white t-shirt or uniform colored t-shirt Once the picture is processed, you will receive one 4X6 photo of yourself and a corresponding envelope to send the photo The cost is $4 and it will be deducted from your account prior to your picture being taken NOTE: Individuals housed in HC and HE will be ineligible

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PERSONAL VISITATION Friends and family members may visit you during your stay. Visitation schedules are posted on every housing unit. Children much be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. *It is your responsibility to ensure your visitors know, prior to visiting, what is expected of them and what is prohibited.


PERSONAL VISITATION General Information Prior to any visits, you must submit a visitation list (forms are found on your housing unit). You may only have a maximum of 5 different visitors on your list and they must be approved by the Deputy Warden of Operations. Initial lists are reviewed for approval on Wednesdays Changes are made once a month (15th) and consists of deletions, additions and changes of address Background checks are conducted on all visitors 18 years of age and older Permitted 3 visits per week Ex-inmates not approved unless out of jail for at least 6 months

Sample Visitor List : 

Sample Visitor List


PROFESSIONAL VISITATION Professional visitors are attorneys, law enforcement, clergy and other representatives from approved agencies on official business. Professional visitors are permitted Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Professional visits will take place in the Attorney-Client Room. There is no limit on how many professional visits you may receive per week provided space is available; however each visit will be limited to one hour if there are other professional visitors waiting to be accommodated. Attorneys and ‘The Pennsylvania Prison Society’ are exempt from day and time constraints for visits. You are not permitted to accept anything during these visits without your visitor obtaining approval prior to the visit from a Sergeant.



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Is a privilege Provides you the opportunity to purchase snacks, personal hygiene products, writing materials, etc. You are required to purchase personal hygiene products after receiving your initial hygiene pack, unless you are indigent. Orders are placed on the blue phones in the dayroom area during dayroom time using your PIN Upon receipt of your order, you will be required to sign your sales slip certifying that you received your order and the necessary adjustments were made. If you were released prior to receiving your commissary order, you will have 5 days from the delivery date to pick it up, otherwise it will be disposed of.


INDIGENT INMATES Those inmates who have an account balance of less than $5 for a period of more than 14 days. Indigent packets include hygiene products, paper, pencil and envelopes. Are handed out weekly. Those who meet criteria should send complete an ‘Indigent Commissary Request Form’ and send it to Inmate Accounts.

Indigent Commissary Request Form : 

Indigent Commissary Request Form




NOTARY Free of charge Available for current legal case(s)/status only To utilize this service, submit a request slip to the ‘Records Department’


LAW LIBRARY Located on each housing unit as well as the main library.


MEDICAL The facility offers in-house medical services. Initial contact with the medical staff will occur during the intake process. Normally, an intake history is performed within 24 hours of your commitment. Any known medical condition you have needs to be reported to the staff member doing your intake examination. Services offered by the medical department include and are initiated using the Sick Call Form found on your housing unit: Sick Call Doctor Call Dental Call Emergency medical services are available 24 hours a day


MEDICAL If you are experiencing a medical emergency, or having thoughts of self-harm, inform a staff member immediately! Refer to your handbook regarding fees for medical services Note: you will NEVER be denied medical services because of the lack of funds.


MEDICAL Medication Pass It is your responsibility to know when your medication(s) are to be taken. Medication is delivered 3 times a day You are expected to: • Report to the nurse at a designated location in a quiet and orderly manner. Do not lean on or touch the medication cart. • Show the nurse your jail I.D. wristband • Put the medication in your mouth, take a drink and swallow it. • Open your mouth and show the Nurse that you have swallowed all of the medication you were given. *Sleeping, being in the shower or using the bathroom are not acceptable excuses for missing the medication pass.


MEDICAL MEDICATION PASS RULES If you wish to refuse your medicine, you must tell the nurse directly, not the officer. Mental health medication should be discussed with the therapist and psychiatrist before refusing. Medication Pass is for the distribution of medication only. The nurse will not answer any general questions unless they are pertinent to the medication pass. Any attempt to distract the nurse may result in disciplinary actions being taken. A medical order must be on file to receive any over the counter medication. Some over the counter medications can be ordered through commissary.


INMATE ACCOUNT Your Inmate Account is a spending account. You can make withdrawals to post bond, pay fines or arrears, make commissary purchases etc. An Inmate Account is opened for you when you are committed. If you had any cash, money orders or payroll checks made payable to you in your possession when you were committed, you were given a receipt and this amount was deposited into your Inmate Account. Friends and family members can make deposits to your Inmate Account. Only money orders will be accepted. Money Orders may be sent in by mail or placed in the designated box in the lobby any time the lobby is open. The Indiana County Jail assumes no responsibility for cash sent through the mail. Personal checks and other unacceptable forms of monies received through the mail will be returned to the sender. Your friends and family may also make deposits into your account via the kiosk in the lobby or the internet at: http://www.offenderconnect.com




HOUSING UNIT RULES • Towels, blankets and sheets are to be used only for their intended purpose. • When you are not in your bunk, it must be made with the blanket and sheets tucked neatly under the mattress. • Property may not be stored on any bed. Mattresses and other bedding items will not be placed on the floor. • Do not hang anything on or from bunks, walls or ceilings. Do not post anything in any room or elsewhere in the housing area. • Do not cover or tamper with lights, vents, or any other security equipment or block your door. Vents must remain uncovered to ensure proper air circulation throughout the facility. • Do not drape or hang anything that may obstruct the view into your cell. • Do not write, draw, tag or place any form of graffiti on any surface. • Do not stand on your bunk, desk, sink, tables or chairs. • Do not stand, lean over, climb or sit on or loiter on the upper tier or railing. • Do not sit or lie on top of the tables in the dayroom, or any other area. • Do not sit, stand or loiter on the stairs. •Do nothing that would cause damage to property of the jail or another inmate. •Do not keep excess property or trash. •Do not throw anything. •Do not pass items from cell to cell. •Do not run inside the building. •Do not loiter in the showers, bathrooms or near the phones. •Once you have completed a call, allow others to complete their calls and do not monopolize the use of the phones. •Do not enter another inmate’s cell or dorm. Do not invite other inmates in to your cell or dorm. •Do not stand next to or near the doorway or entrance way of another cell or cubicle. •Do not sit or lie on another inmate’s bed. •Do not place anything on an empty bed. •Do not keep cleaning supplies in your cell or dorm. •Do not place or flush anything in the toilets except for toilet and tissue paper. •If you are housed on the first floor you will only go to the second tier to go to and from a visiting room. •Misuse of the unit microwave will result in the loss of the privilege. •Commissary must be stored in your property bag.


DISCIPLINARY GRADING Class I Offenses Most Severe Class II Offenses Class III Offenses Least Severe *Refer to handbook for list of infractions


UNIT ACTION A Unit Action is the application of logical consequences for non-severe, undesirable behaviors where verbal action alone is not sufficient or effective. There will be no unit Action for any Class I offense. Unit Action sanctions are issued by correctional staff, are not subject to supervisory approval and are not grievable. Below are the corrective actions that may be given: • A written warning or reprimand. • Loss of privileges (up to five days). • Extra work duties (up to five days). • Confinement to your cell/bunk for up to 24 hours. NOTE: Inmates on cell confinement will be permitted to attend programs. Work Release inmates’ on cell confinement will be permitted to go to work.


INFORMAL ADJUSTMENT An Informal Adjustment is the application of consequences for less severe, undesirable behavior where a Unit Action is not or has not been sufficient. There will be no Informal Adjustment for any Class I offense. Sanctions are imposed by correctional staff with the shift Sergeant's approval, and may include but are not limited to the following Informal Adjustments: • Loss of privileges up to seven (7) days for a Class II and up to three (3) days for a class III offense per charge. • Cell Confinement up to seven (7) days for a Class II and up to (3) days for a class III offense per charge. • Restitution for damaged jail property. • Change in classification status You will be informed of your sanctions after you sign an ‘Informal Adjustment Form’ waiving your right to a disciplinary hearing. If you refuse the offer of an Informal Adjustment, the original charge will be submitted to the Hearing Examiner, with a notation that an Informal Adjustment was offered and refused. An informal adjustment will not become part of your permanent record and therefore will not affect your parole eligibility. NOTE: Inmates on cell confinement will be able to attend programs. Inmate serving a sanction on an Informal Adjustment will have their weekly visit limited to 30 minutes.


MISCONDUCT A Misconduct Report is a written notice of the violation of the rules, regulations, or policies, as outlined by the charge categories. Depending on the nature of the offense, you will be subject to in-house disciplinary procedures and/or criminal charges. The Warden or designee can add additional rules to those listed in this handbook at any time. If you are found guilty of a Misconduct Report, you will be charged a five dollar ($5.00) fee you can serve a period of up to 60 days per incident in disciplinary segregation your classification level will increase to Maximum If you are released prior to completing your lockup time, you will complete the remainder during any subsequent incarcerations *Others are listed in your handbook


APPEALS An appeal must be submitted in writing to the Warden, within twenty-four (24) hours of your hearing, excluding weekend and holidays. Upon receipt of the appeal, staff will time stamp the front of the appeal. Appeals to the Warden must be based on one or more of the following: • Procedures employed by the hearing Examiner were contrary to procedures set forth in this handbook • The evidence was insufficient to support the charges • The sanction(s) imposed was (were in excess of the sanctions allowed as set forth in Section III B • Request for examination of new evidence not available at the hearing Upon receipt of your written appeal, the Warden or designee will review your case and respond to your appeal within five (5) working days from the date of the appeal. The Warden or designee, upon reviewing your appeal may: • Approve the hearing examiner’s decision and sanctions • Reduce or suspend, wholly or in part, the sanctions given by the hearing examiner The Warden will issue a brief statement with the rationale for his/her decision. When answered the Warden will time/date stamp the back of the appeal form. The Warden’s decision is final.



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There are a variety of programs offered by the treatment department. These programs are research-based and designed to reduce criminal behavior and increase marketable job skills. Correctional Counselors, correctional staff, contracted providers or volunteers may facilitate programs. These programs include, but may not be limited to: Individual Counseling Men’s Jail Group MISA Group GED/ABE New Choices Career Development Parenting Class Family Literacy Violence Prevention Thinking for a Change Send a request slip to the Counseling Department for admittance Group Programs are not available to HC and HE inmates

MEN’S JAIL GROUP/MISA GROUP (Mental Illness/Substance Abuse) : 

MEN’S JAIL GROUP/MISA GROUP (Mental Illness/Substance Abuse) Is a Drug and Alcohol Outpatient group that is facilitated by The Open Door Admittance: After requesting the program through a request slip; you will be sent an ‘Intake Form’ to complete and return. The counselors will then fax it to The Open Door and an intake date will be scheduled. This can take up to 4 weeks depending on the number of interested persons. Once your intake is complete and the intake counselor feels you are appropriate for the group, you may start attending. The group meets once per week It does NOT fulfill court mandated programming, however, upon release you may transfer to The Open Door and you will not need to repeat your intake; if you contact them right away to continue services.


GED/ABE General Education Diploma Services provided by ARIN Meets twice/weekly to prepare for the GED exam The exam is usually offered twice a year, free of charge, to those attending classes Adult Basic Education Reinforces general knowledge; helps people improve their literacy, numeracy and information literacy skills, and encourages personal confidence and lifelong learning.


NEW CHOICES CAREER DEVELOPMENT Meets once per week for 6 weeks Week 1 Introductions Week 2 Laying the Foundation Week 3 Career Search and Decisions Week 4 Taking the Next Step Week 5 Employability & Finances Week 6 Ready to Go Topics Include: Self Esteem Communication Skills Assertiveness Skills Conflict Resolution Decision Making Stress Management Goal Setting Career Exploration Resume Development Cover Letter Instruction Interviewing Skills


NURTURING PROGRAM Facilitated by the Center for Family Life Meets once per week for 8 weeks Week 1 Introductions Week 2 Attachment Week 3 Empathy Week 4 Nurturing Oneself Week 5 Gentle Touch Week 6 Discipline Week 7 Expressing Feelings Week 8 Expectation Must have biological children to participate After successful completion, you may receive 1 half hour contact visit per month with your child(ren)


FAMILY LITERACY Comprehensive family literacy services provide a holistic, fully integrated, family-focused approach, providing parents and children most in need of improving their literacy skills with intensive, frequent and long-term educational and non-educational services. Family literacy services make sustainable changes in a family by integrating all of the following activities: Adult Education Childhood Education Parent Education Interactive Parent/Child Activities Requirements: Must enroll in at least two programs Packets, that include interactive activities, will be sent to your families to complete and return.


VIOLENCE PREVENTION DOC approved program GOAL: Teach new ways of thinking and interacting with others which will help prevent future violence. Accomplished through education and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques Objectives: Participant will be educated on how to manage aggression and violence trained on how to utilize various techniques to cope with provocation able to understand and utilize strategies to deal with relapses and how to prevent these relapses Methods: Group Process/Discussion Skill Building Exercises/Role Plays Homework


THINKING FOR A CHANGE DOC approved program Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. 22 lessons that include the following topics: Recognizing thinking patterns Finding new thinking Knowing your feelings Responding to feelings Empathy Responding to anger and stress Problem Solving Self Evaluation

Treatment Programs Disclaimer : 

Treatment Programs Disclaimer All inmates are encouraged to participate. Some programs may require a limited number of participants while other programs may have specific criteria that must be met to participate. The treatment staff will work with you if you express an interest in attending any of the programs offered. You are expected to complete any and all programs that you request, or that are recommended by the treatment staff. If you are scheduled for a program, you are expected to attend. Attendance records are maintained on all participants. Failure to attend any treatment program as directed may affect your classification status.


SERVICES Act 30 of 1997 – High School Act 30 of 1997 of the Pennsylvania Legislature provides the opportunity for education for inmates of the Indiana County Jail who are the age of twenty (20) and under and are not high school graduates. Persons under the age of seventeen (17) are subject to the compulsory education laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Church and Religious Activities The Deputy Warden of Facility Services is available to meet the pastoral needs of all inmates in the facility. To speak with the Deputy Warden of Facility Services regarding a religious issue you must submit an inmate request slip. The Deputy Warden of Facility Services will coordinate all religious services. You are expected to conduct yourself in an acceptable manner during religious services and activities. Schedules for normal services and any special services will be posted for your information. Library All inmates will have access to a variety of reading material, unless specifically stated otherwise on an Administrative Segregation Form. Reading material will be stored on shelving in the multi-purpose rooms located on each housing unit. If you do not have access to the dayroom you may request reading material or an exchange of reading material by asking your Housing Unit Officer. The Officer will, when time permits, gather or exchange material. You may have a total of three (3) publications in your possession. You are responsible for turning in your library material to your housing Unit Officer prior to being released.


INMATE WORK PROGRAM Available Jobs: Kitchen Laundry Office Cleaner/Librarian Night Clean Up Afternoon Clean Up Outside Clearance Job Selection Process: 1.) Must be housed in HG first, before you send a request slip to be considered. 2.) When the request is received by the Counselors, you will receive a response stating, “when a position becomes available, you will be considered.” 3.) The Counselors then keep the white copy and place it into a file. 4.) Then, when positions become available, all of the names in the file are presented to staff (Officers, Sergeants, Counselors and sometimes Administration). 5.) From there, we discuss who best fits the position. 6.) NOTE: Due to the limited number of jobs, there needs to be a balance between the number of county inmates and state inmates. 7.) Finally, after all variables are considered, the best candidate is hired.

Once you are hired… : 

Once you are hired… It is your responsibility to legibly document your hours on the appropriate form and obtain the Corrections Officer’s signature. At the end of the pay period, you are to submit the time sheet, completed in its entirety, to INMATE ACCOUTS. If you want paid on time, your time sheet must be submitted on time. **WAGES (handled by Inmate Accounts):** $1.50 per day if no fines/costs are owed to Indiana County (paid biweekly). $15.00 per week credited to fines and costs, if owed to Indiana County (paid monthly). If you owe child support, 55% of your wages will be deducted. You will receive a copy of your pay stub and time sheet at the end of each pay period. Please be patient in regards to receiving your pay, as the process is lengthy and requires Inmate Accounts to submit all paperwork to the courthouse for approval and for the pay checks, before monies can be added to your commissary account.

Zero Tolerance Policy : 

Zero Tolerance Policy The Indiana County Jail prohibits any form of sexual harassment or sexual contact with an inmate. Anyone who engages in, fails to report, or knowingly condones, sexual harassment or sexual contact with an inmate shall be subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to criminal prosecution. An inmate, employee, contractor, visitor, volunteer, and any individual who has business with or uses the resources of the Indiana County Jail is subject to disciplinary action and/or sanctions, including possible dismissal and termination of contracts and/or services, if found to have engaged in sexual harassment or sexual contact with an inmate. A claim of consent will not be accepted as an affirmative defense for engaging in sexual harassment or sexual contact with an inmate. An inmate who reports sexual harassment or sexual contact, or a staff member who reports sexual harassment or sexual contact with an inmate will be protected from retaliation.



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Review page 5 of the Inmate Handbook Treatment staff does not discuss information with family members due to HIPPA and a strong stance on promoting self efficiency You do not choose your cellmate Remember to be mindful of yourself; obey housing unit and institutional rules, as well as, the dress code. If you need to speak to a staff member, submit a request slip. Do NOT approach your housing unit officer and asked to speak with staff. Always walk on the right side of the hallways. *If you have any questions regarding this Orientation Program, please see your Housing Unit Officer.

PLEASEComplete the Receipt Below(located on the housing unit) : 

PLEASEComplete the Receipt Below(located on the housing unit)