A New Incentive System for Inmates

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By Todd Ward, PhD, BCBA-D

Founding Editor, bSci21.org

If you are an inmate in the LaPorte County Jail in Indiana, you can look forward to a new program that provides food incentives for good behavior, according to NWITimes.com.   The program is organized by LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd, who sees the program as a way to improve inmates’ behavior, make the lives of the staff easier, and make the jail a safer place.

A list of the exact behaviors targeted for incentives has not been made public, though inmates will be allowed to order pizza, hot sandwiches, and other meals from restaurants in the community.  Logistically, the program requires searching all food that enters the prison, while still leaving the food palatable.

The program is modeled off a similar system used at the Indiana State Prison that has been in effect for the past 20 years.   Opportunities to order meals will be made available once a month, and a portion of the money will go to a variety of charities, and be used for “things like candy to inmates during the holidays and flowers to decorate the inside of the prison,” according to prison spokesperson Pam James.

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1 Comment

  1. Hopefully this program is analytic and focused on building skills (self regulation) and not just a B-mod to keep inmates in line. Not that the latter isn’t important but as a field, we need to go beyond that.

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