By Christopher Zoukis
In American prisons, inmates are held to specific codes of conduct. In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, if prisoners violate these codes of conduct, they are subject to disciplinary proceedings which can result in the loss of telephone, visitation, commissary, and email privileges, loss of good conduct time, confinement to solitary confinement, or even a disciplinary transfer to an institution of higher security. With enough disciplinary infractions, a prisoner’s quality of life can deteriorate, and in a hurry.
This article contains seven steps to a successful prison disciplinary outcome. By following these seven steps, which I regularly advise my incarcerated clients through https://www.prisonerresource.com/ of, inmates can give themselves the best chance of a positive outcome when faced with accusations of disciplinary infractions.
Step One: Remain Silent
When issued an incident report, prisoners should remain silent. Quiet. There is no mitigation to be had. Any admissions will just be used as additional incriminating evidence, which will then be reported — correctly or not — as being an admission of guilt. At this stage in the game, everything becomes an uphill battle since the record will reflect that the inmate admitted to the charges. By remaining silent, inmates accused of violating prison codes of conduct can greatly improve their chances of successfully defending themselves against allegations of misconduct.
Step Two: Present Documentary Evidence
In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, inmates accused of misconduct have the right to present documentary evidence on their behalf. They should, and assertively so. Anything that can be used to challenge the official account of wrongdoing should be presented. This could consist of security camera recordings, telephone recordings, guard log books, a commissary receipt, property logs, letters, official memorandums, or any other shred of evidence that can cast doubt as to the incident report’s validity.