The following procedures and restrictions apply to
institutional practices concerning Disciplinary Isolation.
(a) An inmate may be placed in Disciplinary
Isolation after other methods of disciplinary action have proved ineffective or
when it is clearly obvious that maximum control is essential.
(b) An inmate placed in Disciplinary
Isolation shall be provided a uniform or a one-piece coverall suit. An inmate
shall not be placed in a cell naked nor shall his clothing, mattress, or
bedding be removed unless, in the judgment of the Warden/Superintendent or
institutional physician, the inmate is classified as violent, or likely to
become so, or might commit mutilation or bodily harm to himself or others. In
such cases the inmate shall be placed under close observation including, at a
minimum, an hourly recorded inspection. In these cases the
Warden/Superintendent shall notify the Commissioner of Corrections or
appropriate assistant promptly and request further instructions.
(c) When an inmate is placed in Disciplinary
Isolation, security shall notify a member of the medical staff . A licensed
health care provider will perform a review of the inmate's medical records to
determine if the inmate would be physically or mentally harmed by the
environment of Disciplinary Isolation. The record review is be completed by the
next business day. A licensed health care provider will make medical checks of
inmates in Disciplinary Isolation three times weekly. The institutional
physician shall advise the Warden/Superintendent if an inmate should be removed
from Disciplinary Isolation for reasons of health. If such is the case, the
Warden/Superintendent shall remove the inmate, as appropriate.
(d) The inmate is to be provided a breakfast,
noon and evening meal similar to those served to the general population. Three
meals, of which two are hot, are to be served within a 24-hour period with no
more than 14 hours between the evening meal and breakfast. On weekends and
holidays, provided nutritional goals are met, variations may be allowed based
on food service demands. Food is not to be used as a disciplinary sanction for
an individual inmate. All inmates held in Disciplinary Isolation shall be
provided as much water as they wish to drink at all times.
(e) Each inmate confined to Disciplinary
Isolation shall be checked on and observed at least every two (2) hours (every
hour when under close observation) and a signed record or checklist, indicating
the date and time of the inspection and identifying the Correctional Officer
who performed the check, will be maintained by the institution. Upon release of
the inmate from disciplinary isolation, the signed record shall be reviewed,
dated, and signed by the Warden or his designee and placed in, and become a
part of, the inmate's institutional file.
(f) No confinement to an isolation cell of
greater than thirty (30) days shall be imposed without the review and approval
of a Division Director of the Department of Corrections. For a series of
infractions arising from a single incident, confinement in isolation may not
exceed sixty (60) days. In any event, if approval is given by the Division
Director, no inmate shall remain in an isolation cell
for a period greater than thirty (30) days without a period of at least
twenty-four (24) hours outside of isolation.
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 125-3-2-.10
Ga. Constitution 1983,
Art IX, Sec. I, O.C.G.A. Secs.
Original Rule entitled
"Procedures and Restrictions" adopted as R. 415-3-2-.10. F.
Nov. 14, 1984; eff.
Dec. 4, 1984.
Repealed: New rule of same title adopted. F.
Apr. 11, 1985; eff.
May 1, 1985, renumbered as R.
June 28, 1985; eff.
July 20, 1985, as specified by
Amended: F. Mar. 9,
1987; eff. Mar. 29, 1987.
Amended: F. Sept. 6,
1988; eff. Sept. 26, 1988.
Amended: F. Jan. 16,
1991; eff. Feb. 5, 1991.
Amended: F. Aug. 5,
2004; eff. Aug. 25, 2004.