The Classification Department is responsible for assisting offenders while they are incarcerated with navigating the criminal justice system, maintaining contact with family and friends, ensuring their needs are appropriately addressed and they are housed safely and securely.
One of our primary objectives is to ensure that each offender is carefully screened or classified prior to being housed within the facility. The classification staff interviews each offender to collect and analyze information such as current and previous criminal behavior, medical and mental health issues, education level achieved, individual temperament, and any criminogenic needs that can be addressed through proper programming. The offender is then housed to an appropriate section of the facility based on this interview and other relevant information.
In addition, the Classification Department has case managers that provide offenders with information and services so they can contact their attorneys and the courts as well as other criminal justice agencies. Some of the assistance we provide includes, notary public service, copying, coordinating access to the inmate law library, provide requested copies of some legal documents, and addresses to courts or other law enforcement agencies. We do not provide legal advice. Risk assessment tools are used in these decision-making processes.
Classification Staff is available Mondays through Fridays, 7:30am until 4:00pm, except ACRJ recognized holidays. In case of an afterhours emergency please contact the on-duty shift supervisor at ext. 261.
Nicole Dinunzi, Classification Supervisor ext. 220 / Female Case Manager A- Z
Eric Gibbons - Male Case Manager (last name A-D) ext. 252
Jamar Henderson - Male Case Manager (last name L-R) ext. 325
Cindy Jo Gibbons - Male case manager (last name S-Z) ext. 326
The Classification Department also aids inmates in maintaining relationships with family and friends by maintaining their visitation lists and coordinating verified emergency phone calls.
We are not allowed to add family and friends to an inmate's visitation list.
ONLY the inmate may request that a person be added to their visitation list.
If you want to visit an offender we suggest that you write the inmate and include your full name, complete address, and date of birth.
Click here to access the ACRJ Visitation page for more information.
Funeral and Death-Bed Visits
We also assist in arranging funeral and death-bed visits for an offender's immediate family. ACRJ recognizes immediate family as the following: mother, father, sibling, spouse, and children.
In the event that a family member, as defined above, passes away or is gravely ill, please contact the Classification Department as soon as possible.
The jail is only authorized to perform a custodial transport (the inmate will be in full restraints and accompanied by two sworn armed staff at all times) of the inmate to a private viewing of the deceased or to the gravely ill person's bedside within a 35-mile radius of the jail at no cost.
All other requests such as furlough (a court ordered release from custody), a situation regarding an extended family member or close friend, or a viewing/visit beyond the 35-mile radius of the jail must be initiated through the court(s) that have jurisdiction over the offender.
All court ordered custodial transports will be subject to the payment of the costs associated with the transport. A cost estimate will be provided upon request.
Jail staff does not pass non-emergency related messages to inmates. All family and friends are encouraged to set up an inmate telephone account where all inmates have their own voicemail. Visit ACRJ’s Inmate Telephone Services page for more information. You also have the option to write the inmate as often as possible visit the Inmate Property page. You may also send the inmate an email.
Additional Referrals/Assistance and Information provided by the Classification Department:
Substance Abuse Services or Substance Abuse housing post release, please send an inmate request form to the attention of Substance Abuse Transition Services. Click here to access the ACRJ Substance Abuse page for more information.
Within 30-90 days of release, inmates will meet with an Employment Facilitator to discuss your plans for employment after release. At that time, they will receive assistance with crafting a resume to take home with them, as well as information on job fairs and employment opportunities.
Once inmates have been fully sentenced, they are eligible to receive assistance with gathering and official government documents that they may need. They must contact the Transition & Reentry Coordinator and specify what documents you would like assistance with, along with your release date.
Birth Certificate (specify what state you were born in)
Social Security Card
Requests for Mental Health Services after release should be discussed with the inmate’s healthcare provider in the ACRJ’s Medical Department. Region Ten Community Service Board (Link to Medical, Dental and Mental Health Page) – has case workers working within the ACRJ’s Medical/Mental Health Department who can guide inmates towards the correct steps to take after release to continue any Mental Health treatment they may be receiving or in need of.
Any requests for the following should be directed to the inmate’s Classification Case Manager: Homeless prevention, Court Compliance letters, DMV Compliance letters, Veterans Affairs, Child Support Services, applications for SNAP/Medicaid and any other miscellaneous community resources inmates may wish for handouts on prior to release.