The Bureau of Inmate Grievance Appeals provides a central clearing house for inmate grievances. The purpose for an Inmate Grievance Procedure is to provide inmates with a channel for the administrative settlement of a legitimate complaint. In addition to providing the inmate with the opportunity of having a grievance heard and considered, such procedure will assist the department by providing additional means for internal resolution of problems and improving the lines of communication. This procedure also provides a written record in the event of subsequent judicial or administrative review. This is even more important now that certification has been granted by the United States Department of Justice.
Accomplishments and Activities Include:
The following summarizes the grievances received, reviewed and processed by the Bureau of Inmate Grievance Appeals for 1994 - 1995:
Number of grievances received by type:
|Complaints Against Staff
|Admissible Reading Material
The workload for the Bureau of Inmate Grievance Appeal will continue to grow as the inmate population grows. The number of grievances received (22,538) during FY 1994-95 represents a 26% increase over the previous fiscal year. Projections for the next two fiscal years are 31,000 grievances in FY 1995-96 and 42,000 in FY 1996-97.