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Medium-Security Prisons

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One-fourth of all state and federal prisons are medium-security institutions. Government officials classify more than one-third of federal facilities in Canada as medium-security. Medium-security facilities are a catchall, because often both extremely violent and nonviolent offenders are placed in common living areas.

Inmates in medium-security facilities typically occupy cells that accommodate more than one prisoner. At medium-security facilities, freedom of movement, privileges (such as participation in sporting events), and access to various educational, vocational, or therapeutic programs are greatly restricted. Prison officials limit visitation and carefully monitor communication between inmates and visitors. The visiting parties face one another through a glass partition and speak on a telephone. Although medium-security facilities sometimes offer inmates opportunities for work release, furloughs, and other types of transitional programs, only a small percentage of prisoners are allowed to participate in these programs.

Examples of federal medium-security facilities include the federal correctional institutions in Tucson, Arizona, and Jesup, Georgia. Medium-security state prisons include Kinross Correctional Facility in Kincheloe, Michigan, and Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell, Ohio. In Canada, Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ontario, and Stony Mountain Institution in Winnipeg, Manitoba, are two examples of medium-security prisons.” (1)

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