Resolving a Prison Crisis Essay

812 Words May 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Resolving a Prison Crisis
Damon R. Lasley, III
Oakland City University

A prison crisis can be a terribly dangerous situation that has the potential to become deadly is it is not resolved quickly. While the crisis is often contained within the walls and fences of the prison, outside influences can be a contributing factor to either escalate or de-escalate and resolve the situation. By rapid response and execution of a crisis control plan, prison officials can prevent further deaths and injury to prison staff and inmates and destruction of prison property. Three approaches to solving a prison crisis, tactical intervention, negotiations and waiting for the conclusion. Implementing tactical intervention often involves the introduction
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In direct negotiations, prison officials conduct the negotiations themselves, while third-party negotiations integrate another authority in the negotiations, such as state police or federal law enforcement. The negotiators must first make contact with the leaders of the crisis to maintain a line of communication with the ones making the decisions and calling the shots on behalf of the prisoners (Hood, 2014). One tool used in negotiations is bargaining. By making counter demands and offers, negotiators can reach agreements with the inmates to bring an end to the crisis. Problem solving negotiations allow negotiators to reverse the escalating situation when acts take place that are not planned by the inmates. When the inmates are unprepared to take hostages, yet do, negotiators can use this negotiation technique to convince the inmates to release the hostages without facing any danger. In the event that the situation is not de-escalating with bargaining or problem solving, situation management comes into play. The crisis must be managed to stop any further acts of aggression (Harmening, 2014). The last tactic for dealing with a prison crisis is simply waiting. In the end, the inmates have no exit, no way out. They are still confined to the prison grounds. When the situation allows, with the absence of hostages or acts of violence, waiting is often a powerful tactic. In waiting, the inmates will run

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