Using Focused Deterrence to Reduce Violence

In 2014, SCI Forest was experiencing a major increase in violence—and something had to be done. The facility created a Violence Reduction Strategy to decrease violence and protect staff. In this episode of Lockup Lowdown, SCI Forest Superintendent Derek Oberlander outlines the history of this project and how it led to a 72.5 percent decrease in staff assaults from 2014 to 2018.

Understanding IADSS

In this episode, a team of Industrial Engineers from Lehigh University (now affiliated with a start-up company called Optamo) talk about the Inmate Assignment and Decision Support System (IADSS) that they built for PA DOC.  This innovative system is the first of its kind in the country.  We also talk with current and former staff from the PA DOC’s Office of Population Management (OPM), who are using this new system.