(2) Guards must establish the availability of equipment and materials and obtain the names and status
of the prisoners assigned to the detail. They obtain any information that will assist in assigning the prisoners to
jobs and in maintaining custody and control. Guards should organize the work detail by first identifying each
prisoner so a face can be matched to a name. Separate the prisoners by prisoner status (officer, NCO, detained,
adjudged). Guards should assign duties to each prisoner with specific instructions on what is expected of him.
They should have the prisoner sign for any equipment or materials needed to complete the job.
(3) Guards should ensure that a prisoner is not assigned as a supervisor over another prisoner. Guards
should not assign duties that are degrading or as a means of punishing or harassing a prisoner, but should assign
the workload evenly according to prisoner's status.
(4) To maintain accountability and control of the work detail, supervisory guards must make periodic
head counts, watch for safety hazards, and give rest breaks during the day. Upon completion of the work
assignment, a head count must be made and all tools, equipment, and unused materials turned in.
b. Preparing Observation and Disciplinary Reports.
(1) The imposition of disciplinary measures often begins with a disciplinary report written by a
corrections NCO. A disciplinary report is written in an objective manner. It presents a detailed summary of an
incident in which a prisoner violates discipline. It addresses the pertinent facts of who, what, where, when, and
(2) When a facility commander receives a disciplinary report on a prisoner he has several options at
his disposal. He may reduce the report to a memorandum of record. He can refer the prisoner for counseling.
He may refer the case to a discipline and adjustment board. Or, he may recommend action under the UCMJ.
(3) A corrections NCO must be thoroughly familiar with the facility rules, army regulations, the
UCMJ, and the confinement facility SOP. If any violations are observed, a written report is required. A written
report is also required if a change, for better or worse, is observed in a prisoner's behavior, or if he is unable to
adjust to his surroundings. (Observation Reports are an important part of the prisoner's treatment file. They
give counselors a good idea about the prisoner's progress during confinement.)
Note: Examples of Observation and Disciplinary Reports are included in this lesson as figures 3-2
17. Close Confinement Guard Duties.
a. Administrative Segregation (AS).
(1) An ACS facility commander or designee may direct AS for prisoners for medical reasons,
protective custody, prevention of injury to the prisoner, or while prisoners are pending investigation or final
disposition of an alleged offense. Prisoners placed in AS will be advised as to the purpose of the action.
(2) Prisoners who may require AS include those who demonstrate aggressive homosexual behavior;
those with psychological disorders who do not adjust to living with other prisoners; and those who otherwise
cannot be controlled. They will be provided normal cell furnishings, full rations, medical care, and normal
privileges, including recreation, so far as health, welfare, control, and physical facilities permit. Beds, bedding,
and other cell furnishings will not be removed while prisoners are confined therein, except as provided for in
AR 190-47 paragraph 127.