Section 950-1-12-.17 - Security (Alabama Administrative Code)

§ 950-1-12-.17. Security

(1) Physical plant shall support the orderly and secure operation of the Program


(a) Written Policy, Procedures, and practice shallprovide space for a 24 hour control center for monitoring and coordinating the Program's security, safety, and communication systems.


(a) The Program's perimeter is controlled by appropriate means to provide that juveniles remain within the perimeter and to prevent access by the general public without proper authorization.

(b) Pedestrians and vehicles enter and leave at designated points in the perimeter.


(a) Security equipment is stored in a secure but readily accessible depositary outside of juvenile housing and activity areas.


(a) Maintain a combination of supervision inspection, accountability, and policies and procedures, to promote safe, secure, and orderly operations.

(b) Institute security and control practices.

(c) Establish alternative plans in the event of work stoppage.

(d) Initiate inspections and searches to maintain security and control.

(e) Maintain control and an inventory of all tools, equipment, and keys.


(a) There shall be a manual containing all Procedures for Program security and control, with detailed instructions for implementing these Procedures. This manual shall be available to all staff and is reviewed at least annually and updated as necessary.


(a) The Program has a communication system between the control center and juvenile activity areas.


(a) Juvenile care worker positions are located in or immediately adjacent to juvenile living areas to permit workers to hear and respond promptly to emergency situations.

(b) There shall be operational shift assignments that shall state the duties and responsibilities for each assigned position in the Program; these shift assignments are reviewed at least annually and updated, if necessary.

(c) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice provide for personnel to read the appropriate shift assignment each time they assume a new position and to sign and date the assignment.

(d) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallrequire that when both males and females are housed in the Program, at least one male and one female staff member are on duty at all times.


(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallrequire that staff maintain a permanent log and shift reports that record routine information, emergency situations, and unusual incidents.


(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice should require that supervisory staff conduct a daily inspection, including holidays and weekends, of all areas occupied by juveniles and submit a daily written report to their supervisor. Unoccupied areas are to be inspected weekly.

(b) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallrequire at least weekly inspections and maintenance of all Security Devices, and taking corrective action, when necessary.


(a) The Program shall have a system for physically counting juveniles. The system shall include strict accountability for juveniles assigned to off-site service projects, educational field trips, home pass, or any off-site excursion.

(b) The Program maintains a daily report on juvenile population movement.


(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallrestrict the use of physical force to instances of justifiable self protection, protection of others, protection of property, and prevention of escapes, and then only as a last resort, and in accordance with appropriate statutory authority. In no event is physical force justifiable as punishment. A written report is prepared following all uses of force and is submitted to administrative staff for review.

(b) All special incidents, including but not limited to the taking of hostages, use of restraint equipment, or use of physical force, are reported in writing, dated, and signed by the staff person reporting the incident. The report is placed in the juvenile's case record and is reviewed by the Program.

(c) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallprovide that written reports are submitted to the administrator or designee no later than the conclusion of their shift, when any of the following occur:

1. Use of Chemical Agents to control juveniles

2. Use of force to control juveniles

3. Juveniles remain in restraints at the end of shift


(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallprovide that instruments of restraint such as handcuffs, leg irons, and straight jackets, are never applied as punishment and are applied only with the approval of the boot camp program administrator or designee.

(b) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallprovide that the Program maintains a written record of routine and emergency distribution of restraint equipment.


(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallprovide for searches of facilities and juveniles to control Contraband and provide for its disposition.


(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallgovern the control and use of keys, tools, culinary, and medical equipment.

(b) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice shallgovern the availability, control, and use of Chemical Agents and related Security Devices and specify the level of authority required for their access and use. Chemical Agents are used only with the authorization of the boot camp program administrator or designee. Chemical Agents and related security equipment are inventoried at least monthly to determine their condition and expiration date.

(c) Firearms are not permitted in the Program, except in emergency situations by law enforcement personnel.


(a) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice should govern the use and security of Program vehicles to include:

1. Established forms should be in place for all ground transportation activities

2. There should be driver screening testing, and Training procedures in place according to state law

3. Vehicles and drivers should have appropriate licenses for operation

(b) Written Policy, Procedure, and practice should govern the use of personal vehicles for official purposes, and include provisions for insurance coverage.

(New Rule: Filed December 17, 2004; effective January 21, 2005. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)

Author: Alabama Department of Youth Services, Office of Licensing and Standards

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 44-1-27(a)(b), 44-1-24(4)(6), 38-13-4.

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