A Direct Supervision Management Philosophy is utilized in the general population housing areas. This management style, unlike the traditional linear jail style, places the correction officers directly within the inmate living area, or pod and provides the officer immediate visual observation and continual interaction with each of the inmates.
This constant, proactive monitoring of the inmates allows the officer to deal with problems before they get out of hand. In addition, Direct Supervision (DS) enables the officer to communicate expectations of behavior, provide the incentive for positive behavior and hold inmates personally accountable when they violate rules.
Direct Supervision Jails have proven to be more secure and a safer environment for inmates and staff, reducing violence and vandalism by as much as 80%.