Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Testing a Swift, Certain, Fair Model in a Women’s Prison: Improving the Behavior of Incarcerated Women

Testing a Swift, Certain, Fair Model in a Women’s Prison: Improving the Behavior of Incarcerated Women

BetaGov. “Testing a Swift, Certain, Fair Model in a Women’s Prison: Improving the Behavior of Incarcerated Women.” 2017.

“The Swift, Certain, Fair (SCF) model requires that incarcerated persons understand the expectations of them and the consequences for misbehaviors. Agencies implementing SCF may target frequent low-­level misbehaviors; a misbehavior leads to a swift sanction (which may preclude a hearing and so not be appropriate for more serious misbehaviors). The model sets sanctions for each misbehavior, typically a loss of privilege or cell restriction. Research indicates that the sanctions don’t have to be severe to be effective. [State Correctional Institution] ­- Muncy, a facility for women, tested an SCF model in general­population housing.”

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Keywords: reforms and alternatives, Pennsylvania, women and prison