a. Reduced disciplinary problems.
b. Reduced custodial supervisory requirements and administrative workload.
c. Improved prisoner morale.
d. Better understanding by prisoners of their obligations and improvement in their attitude and outlook.
e. Motivation of prisoners to engage in training, employment, education, and other self-improvement
3. It is extremely difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of a good counseling program. The value can be judged
only by the overall effectiveness of the facility. A good counseling program recognizes that a change in attitude
of a prisoner is necessary for him to return to society as a responsible citizen. In a successful program, a
prisoner leaves the facility less hostile than when he entered. It is helpful if he has improved his educational
level or learned a trade; however, it is more important that he has faith in himself and trusts others. He must
want to do, and have the maturity and understanding to do, those things that are right. The correctional staff
works to bring about a change in the hostile attitude and false values that have resulted in the prisoner's conflict
with society. Therefore, the treatment program cannot be evaluated on how well the prisoner adjusts while in
the facility. The real success of the facility can be evaluated only in the success of the prisoner and his
adjustment upon his return to a military or civilian society.
4. Recognizing Prisoners with Problems.
a. Prisoners experience a wide range of problems, which include financial difficulties, family problems,
emotional stress, and severe medical or psychological maladjustments. It is easier to help a prisoner who
recognizes he has a problem. Such a prisoner will normally take the first step in solving his problem. His first
step may be to ask for an appointment with the commander or chaplain.
b. There are also prisoners who have problems but refuse to recognize them. These prisoners show they
have a problem by their actions or by their attitudes. When this happens, the correctional staff must be able to
identify that the prisoner has a problem so that it can be dealt with.
c. The commander continually evaluates a prisoner by using information compiled on the prisoner and his
professional knowledge and experience. This evaluation establishes basic facts and interpretations concerning
the offense, habits, discipline, intelligence, aptitude, personality, potential for retention in military service, and
problems of the prisoner.
d. A prisoner is controlled, supervised, and observed throughout his confinement by all personnel assigned
to the facility. Areas that should be closely observed because they may indicate a need for behavioral
(1) Appearance. Is the prisoner clean, neat, and well dressed?
(2) Bearing. Does the prisoner have military bearing--does he slouch or slump?
(3) Conduct. Has the prisoner exhibited insubordinate conduct?
(4) Demeanor. Is the prisoner cocky, sullen, or depressed?