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Kenny
05-12-2011, 05:50 PM
A. Custody Levels

On the unit of assignment, an offender is given a custody designation which indicates several things. It tells where and with whom he can live, how much supervision he will need, and what job he can be assigned to. An offender's custody level depends on his current institutional behavior, his previous institutional behavior, and his current offense and sentence length. If he violates rules, he will be placed in a more restrictive custody. If he complies with the rules, he will be assigned a less restrictive custody level.

Institutional Offender Custody Levels:

1. Administrative Segregation
2. General Population Level 5 (G5)
3. General Population Level 4 (G4)
4. General Population Level 3 (G3)
5. General Population Level 2 (G2)
6. General Population Level 1 (G1)


State Jail Offender Custody Levels:

1. Special Management
2. General Population Level 5 (J5)
3. General Population Level 4 (J4)
4. General Population Level 2 (J2)
5. General Population Level 1 (J1)

Administrative Segregation or Special Management refers to offenders who must be separated from the general population because they are dangerous, either to other offenders or staff, or they are in danger from other offenders. Additionally, offenders who, according to the SCC, are members of security threat groups designated by TDCJ may be given this custody level. These offenders leave their cells, for the most part, only for showers and limited recreation. (Offenders assigned to Administrative Segregation in expansion cellblocks shower in their cells.)

General Population Level 5 (G5) or (J5) custody refers to offenders who have assaultive or aggressive disciplinary records. G5 or J5 custody offenders must live in cells. They may not work outside the security fence without direct, armed supervision.

General Population Level 4 (G4) or (J4) custody means the offender must live in a cell, with few exceptions, and may work outside the security fence under direct armed supervision. J4 State Jail offenders may be housed in designated dorms.

General Population Level 3 (G3) refers to Institutional offenders who may live in dorms or cells inside the main building of the unit. G3 offenders are ineligible to live in dorms outside the main building of a unit, inside the security fence. G3 offenders will be generally assigned to field force and secure jobs inside the perimeter as designated by the Warden. They may work outside the security fence under direct armed supervision. (State Jail offenders are not assigned to level 3 custody.)

General Population Level 2 (G2) or (J2) custody refers to offenders who may live in dorms or cells inside the security fence. They may work outside the security fence under direct armed supervision.

General Population Level 1 (G1) or (J1) custody allows offenders to live in
dorms outside the security fence. They may work outside the security fence with
periodic unarmed supervision.

Note: Offenders in all of the above general population custody levels may also
be given a safekeeping status if they need an added level of protection from
other offenders.

From The Offender Orientation Handbook (http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/publications/cid/publications-cid-offender-orientation-handbook.htm)