The purpose of this collection was to measure the extent to
which the Prisoner Management Classification (PMC) system in Washington
state improved overall operations of prison facilities and reduced
safety risks to inmates and staff. Four primary issues were addressed:
(1) To what extent the PMC reduces rates of assaults on staff and
inmates, (2) To what extent the PMC reduces rates of other serious
misconduct, (3) To what extent the PMC increases rates of inmate
participation in work or vocational programs, and (4) To what extent
the PMC enhances staff job satisfaction, morale, and staff performance.
Information is included on outcome variables against which comparisons
between the experimental and control groups can be made. For each
correctional facility, figures were collected for the number of
staff-inmate assaults, number of inmate-inmate assaults, number of
suicides and suicide attempts, number of escapes and escape attempts,
number of "serious" disciplinary incidents, number of total staff,
number of inmates, number of security staff vacancies, rated capacity
of the facility, number of staff transfers and reasons, and number of
inmates involved in educational, vocational, and work programs.
Demographic variables include date of birth, sex, and race. Additional
information concerns the family structure of the inmates and conditions
surrounding the inmates' lives prior to entering prison.