CUSTODY AND CONTROL PROCEDURES
The army correctional system's mission is accomplished by maintaining prisoners in custody and under control.
Maintaining custody and control is the function of every confinement or correctional facility. Facility personnel
achieve and maintain custody and control of prisoners by employing a number of custody measures.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Maintain custody and control of military prisoners.
Use this subcourse.
STANDARD: Demonstrate competency of this task by achieving a minimum passing score of 70 percent on the
final subcourse examination.
REFERENCES: The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications: AR 190-
To maintain custody, limits are placed on prisoners' freedom of movement. Custody is maintained within a
facility by the presence of guards, walls, fences, protective lights, alarms, and locking devices. Custody of
prisoners who have been designated as installation parolees is maintained by the conditions placed on their
To maintain control, limits are placed on prisoners' actions and behaviors. Control is invoked by the
correctional staff's insistence on order and military discipline among the prisoners. Control is sustained by
carrying out a system of routines in the daily lives of the prisoners; for example, prisoners are routinely required
to provide a daily display of their clothing, equipment, and health and comfort supplies. Control is reflected in
the disciplined appearance, bearing, and conducts of the prisoners and by their prompt obedience to rules,
regulations, and orders.
Maintain custody and control of military prisoners within a confinement facility.
1. Custody Grades. The degree of custodial supervision for individual prisoners will be based upon a review of
all available records pertaining to the prisoner and recommendations of correctional supervisors and
professional services support personnel. Prisoners will not be assigned to a permanent custody grade based
solely on the offenses for which they were incarcerated. Classification will be at the minimum custody grade
necessary to be consistent with sound custodial requirements. Custody classifications will function
independently of correctional treatment evaluation. A prisoner's custody grade may be changed at any time;
reclassification is based on continual observation and evaluation.