What types of security levels are there and how is that assigned?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Prison Consultant Ed Bales explains how security levels in prisons are based on the crime, length of sentence, and public safety factors.

    Ed Bales

    Ed Bales is the Managing Director of Federal Prison Consultants, LLC. He has 25 years of related experience. He was a Practice Administrator for a law practice for many years and has developed cutting edge strategies to assist Defendants, Inmates and Attorneys with pre and post sentencing strategies and Federal and State prison advocacy. He has been featured on National and International Broadcasts for both Television and Radio. He is also referenced in several books and Nationally based newspapers as a noted Prison Expert.


    Federal Prison Consultants, LLC is a full service Federal and State prison and sentencing consulting and advocacy firm. The combined experience on staff contains over 200 years of Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Psychological and Advocate experience.

    Host: What types of security levels are there and how is it assigned?

    Ed Bales: Security is assigned basically by the individual's crime and length of time and other factors known as public safety factors. The levels start at a minimal security level which can be referred to as a camp. They go up to a low security, medium security, high security and then the maximum security. Some institutions have mid-level combination of a low medium. That's how they are assigned, usually by violence, length of sentence. Sexual crimes those are all categorized differently and usually they are on a higher level.