17. The Inspector General may assist the facility commander by investigating complaints,
allegations, and charges. Such actions frequently provide a basis for corrective action, as well as
serving to discourage unfounded allegations by prisoners. Both the Provost Marshal (PM) and the
facility commander should establish and maintain close liaison with the Inspector General. At times
it will be desirable to have investigation of incidents occurring in detention facilities conducted by
an agency other than one under supervision of a provost marshal. In such cases, the OIC of the
facility should initiate a request for investigation by the Inspector General to the commanding
officer of the facility.
18. The Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) serves as the legal advisor to the commander and to the
facility's administrative staff. The SJA plays a major role in the confinement treatment of prisoners
and in the administrative activities of confinement facilities. The SJA provides prisoners with legal
services that include advice on military justice, legal assistance, status of cases, and status of
sentences. The adjutant general is responsible for processing recommendations for the
administrative elimination of prisoners from the service and advises the facility commander and the
prisoner's unit commanders on procedures for processing.
19. The command of the local medical activity provides medical services for the prisoners. The
medical services include the services of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. They
provide professional evaluations of prisoners and aid in developing confinement treatment
programs. The medical activity commander also coordinates with the PM and the facility
commanders to ensure that custody and control measures conform to medical requirements. They
inspect each prisoner in close confinement daily and examine, approve, and sample portions of
restricted diets. They perform the medical examination of newly confined prisoners and prisoners
being placed in disciplinary segregation.
20. The medical staff also coordinates the operation of a hospitalized prisoner ward and the medical
examination and treatment of prisoners with the correctional officer to ensure that the required
custodial and control measures are compatible with medical requirements.
21. Technical service representatives aid in the training and employment programs of a
confinement facility. Constructive work programs are beneficial to the prisoners' mental and
physical wellbeing. Such programs may include skilled tasks required in the maintenance and
operation of the installation. Work programs permit on-the-job and Military Occupational Specialty
(MOS) training of prisoners in their military specialties and others. Carpenters, mechanics,
painters, masons, and the like may be detailed for duty at the facility. Usually they are detailed for
a minimum of 1 month and are trained in the duties and functions of their jobs, prisoner's behavior,
and disciplinary authority and procedures.
22. The command and staff responsibilities discussed in the preceding paragraphs are primarily of a
supervisory nature. The following paragraphs will identify the various subdivisions of an RCF and
explain the duties and responsibilities of the personnel assigned to those sections. (See Figure 3-1)
23. Detention Facility Commander (Confinement Officer). An officer appointed by appropriate
orders as the commanding officer of an ACS facility. Responsible for the facility's administration
and operation. Also oversees the custody, control, and correctional treatment of prisoners assigned
to the facility. Major functions include the following: