The Classification Department is responsible for assisting offenders while they are incarcerated with navigating the criminal justice system, ensuring their needs are appropriately addressed, completing assessments for programming, ensuring they are housed safely and securely, and addressing housing needs as they arise.
One of our primary objectives in the Classification Department is to ensure that each inmate is carefully screened or classified prior to being housed within the facility. The Classification Case Managers interview each inmate to collect and analyze information such as current and previous criminal charges, medical and mental health issues, education level achieved individual temperament, and any criminogenic needs that can be addressed through proper programming. The inmate is then housed to an appropriate section of the facility based on this interview and other relevant information. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, classification occurs after completion of mandatory quarantine.
In addition, the Classification Case Managers provide inmates with information so they can contact their attorneys, the courts, and other criminal justice agencies. Some of the assistance provided by the Case Managers includes: notary public service, copying of legal documents, and addresses to courts or other law enforcement agencies. We do not provide legal advice.
Additionally, the Classification Department completes evidence-based risk assessments on appropriate individuals to determine if programming is appropriate and refer inmates to programming as necessary.
Any requests for the following should be directed to the inmate’s Case Manager: Transitional housing assistance (non-substance abuse related housing), Adjustment Letters, Veterans Affairs, Child Support Services, and any other miscellaneous community resources inmates may wish for information about prior to release. It should be noted that transition assistance/services are only provided to inmates with release dates. Any assistance prior to being fully sentenced must be requested from the inmate’s attorney and those requests go to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Transition Services. Assistance with receiving legal documents (Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, etc) must be requested through Programs. Please note that attorneys must request Adjustment Letters from the Classification Department.
The Classification Department also assists in arranging funeral visits for an inmate’s immediate family member. 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, please contact the Classification Department as soon as possible. ACRJ 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 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 visit beyond the 35-mile radius of the jail must be initiated through the court(s) that have jurisdiction over the inmate. 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.
Neither the Classification Department nor other Jail staff pass non-emergency messages to inmates. All family and friends are encouraged to set up an inmate telephone or tablet account where all inmates have access to their own voicemail and messages. Visit ACRJ’s Inmate Communication page for more information. Family and friends also have the option to write the inmate as often as they would like, please visit the Inmate Mail Regulations page.
Classification Staff are available Monday through Friday, 7:30am until 4:30pm, except ACRJ recognized holidays. In case of an after-hours emergency, please contact the on-duty shift supervisor at ext. 261.
Nicole Dinunzi - Classification Supervisor ext. 220
Eric Gibbons - Male Case Manager ext. 252
Lisa Hensley – Case Manager ext. 327
Gregory Mandy – Male Case Manager ext. 251
Theresa Schwab – Female Case Manager ext. 268