Wayne County, IN Sheriff's Office   

Jail Classification System

Classification is the process in which inmates are separated according to their current charges, previous history, and any behavioral issues. Inmates are separated in order to keep inmates that have committed violent crimes away from inmates that have committed lesser crimes. If an inmate is deemed to be a behavioral or security problem, measures are taken to isolate that inmate from other inmates.

Waived juvenile (Red jumpsuit)

    Inmates under the age of 18 wear red jumpsuits, because their charges are severe enough that the courts have ordered they be treated and tried as an adult. This color will be worn until they reach the age of 18, and the judge from the presiding court authorizes that the color and essentially their classification be changed according to their charge. While an inmate has the classification as a juvenile, they will be placed on protective custody due to them being under the age of 18. (Note: Protective Custody will be explained in another paragraph)

Inmate worker (Blue jumpsuit)

    Inmates have the opportunity to become an inmate worker while incarcerated in the Wayne County Detention Center. However, there are some criteria that the inmates have to meet in order to qualify. Inmate workers are given some freedoms, but they are still considered inmates, and still adhere to the rules and guidelines of the jail. Inmate workers are housed in an open dorm setting, which means that they have bunk beds, but no cell doors.

Guidelines and requirements to become an inmate worker:

  • The current charge that the inmate is being held for cannot be above a class "c" felony
  • The inmate cannot have any conduct adjustment board charges filed against them within 30 days of applying to become an inmate worker.
  • Inmate workers are required to complete an application to be considered as an inmate worker. The questions range from name, current charges, previous charges, whether they have been in any trouble while incarcerated, and whether the individual has ever been an inmate worker.
  • Medical staff is required to test all applicants for Tuberculosis, and other communicable diseases.
  • Once the testing results have been verified from the TB test, officers go through the applicants to verify all information. Officers verify their information to ensure that their current charge(s) do not prohibit them from being an inmate worker, and to ensure that they aren't considered troublemakers.
  • Inmates are required to sign a form explaining to them their duties and expectations that they will be required to uphold.
  • Inmate workers start out in the kitchen performing various duties, and have the opportunity to progress to work in other areas of the jail. Note: All inmate workers are still inmates, and closely monitored.
  • Inmate workers also have the opportunity to become "generals". A general is an inmate worker that has responsibilities throughout the jail. The "generals" report for their shift in receiving where they clean empty cells and other areas of the jail.

General population (green jumpsuit)

  • General population covers a wide range of charges, but is normally misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.
  • General population inmates can be assigned either an open dorm style housing unit, or a celled housing unit.
  • Open dorm housing units are usually reserved for misdemeanor charges and inmates that do not cause problems.
  • We use the celled housing units for felony charges, inmates that cause problems, are involved in fights, and other behavioral problems.
  • Note: If an inmate violates the rules of the jail that become an issue or a security risk, the inmate can be reclassified to restricted custody.

Restricted custody (orange jumpsuit)

  • Restricted custody covers the felony assault charges, and sexual felony charges; prior convictions.
  • These charges include domestic battery and other similar charges.
  • These inmates are always housed in a celled housing unit.
  • If an inmate is considered to be a behavioral issue, these inmates can be reclassified to maximum security.

Maximum security (black and white jumpsuit)

  • Maximum security inmates are inmates that are charged with a 1st degree assaultive.
  • These charges include murder, rape, arson, child molesting, and other similar charges.
  • An officer escorts these inmates any time they are out of their assigned housing unit.
  • These inmates are not authorized to be around inmates of lower classifications due to security reason.

Protective custody

    Protective custody inmates can be of any classification that request to be placed on protective custody due to their charges, or their fear of injury. Inmates that are placed on protective custody are locked down for 23 hours a day, and are only allowed out of their cell after lockdown hours. These inmates are not authorized to be around other inmates due to this classification. All of their activities are closely monitored, and they are escorted any time they are outside their cell. Inmates do have the opportunity to be removed from this classification at any time. They simply have to write a request to the Captain explaining to him why he/she wants to be returned to their perspective classification. Once the captain approves for them to be removed from protective custody, the inmate is required to sign a waiver stating that they are being removed from protective custody status at their request.

Administrative segregation

    Administrative segregation inmates are inmates that are a danger to themselves, other inmates, jail staff, and to the facility. In order to be placed on administrative segregation, the jail commander reviews the reason why an officer is requesting this classification. The Jail Commander and/or the Sheriff have the final authority for this classification to be assigned to an inmate. This classification is also reserved for any inmate that assaults staff resulting in bodily injury, or makes threats to do physical harm to staff.

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