Inmate Classification Officer I

Open to Department of Correction Merit Employees Only

Recruitment #041609-MBDC01-380400

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all persons sentenced to a State correctional facility are classified and determinations are implemented.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Ensures inmates are interviewed, tested and examined by individual members of the multidisciplinary classification team, such as counselors, teachers, correctional officers and medical personnel for the purpose of initial classification or reclassification.
  • Receives records and reports from individual classification team members with the results of their meeting with the inmate and their assessment of the inmate's needs. Reviews these records and reports for accuracy of conclusion, completeness of information and adherence to standards.
  • Schedules and chairs meetings of the multidisciplinary classification team, and leads the group's discussion to assure that all relevant information is taken into consideration and that the team reaches a justifiable recommendation.
  • Ensures the implementation of the Institutional Classification Committee's decisions by conducting on-site inspections of the custody assignments and treatment programs of inmates, investigates cases of noncompliance and takes corrective actions.
  • Participates in transfer of inmates among facilities to implement the decisions of the Institutional Classification Committee or for population control, and recommends the transfer of inmates in crisis situations to ensure the safety of other inmates and correctional personnel.
  • Recommends changes to inmate classification procedures to effect timely placement of inmates to appropriate custody assignment and treatment programs.
  • Presents and defends the team's classification and recommendation consensus to the Institutional Classification Committee for final determination.
  • Conducts special studies and researches and presents findings to the Institutional Classification Committee for utilization as part of the inmate classification procedures.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Inmate Classification Officer I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Experience in inmate classification system.
  2. Experience in making recommendations as part of a clients service plan such as clinical treatment, counseling, or determining eligibility for health or human services/benefits.
  3. Experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  4. Experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.
  5. Experience in narrative report writing.

Additional Posting Information

Applicants may only apply if they are current permanent employees of the Department of Correction in a position covered by the Merit System who have completed their initial probationary period.

**Selected incumbent is eligible for Hazardous Duty Pay Level A, $2,320, upon completion of the basic Correctional Employee Initial Training (CEIT) course.

Conditions of Hire

Union:  As a condition of accepting employment, the person selected for this position shall join and pay dues to the labor organization or may, instead not join but pay a service fee no greater than the dues.  The labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.


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Selection Process

The application is evaluated based upon a rating of training and experience.

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