Disciplinary Reports & Grievances
DR stands for disciplinary report, a written notice that an inmate receives after committing a disciplinary infraction. Receiving DRs may result in loss of good time and/or loss of other incentives.
If an inmate violates a rule, a staff member writes a DR or issues a summary judgment citation.
The inmate may enter a plea of not guilty, guilty or no contest when the report is served to him/her. Each inmate also is entitled to:
- receive advance written notice of the charge and a fair hearing by an impartial hearing officer;
- be present at the hearing;
- present documentary evidence;
- testify on the inmate's own behalf;
- have witnesses, subject to considerations of facility safety and security.
- confront and cross-examine witnesses against the inmate; and
- be furnished with staff assistance according to K.A.R. 44-13-408.
Disciplinary proceedings are conducted in a similar manner to how municipal court cases in your own community are conducted. If found guilty, the inmate’s sentence depends upon the severity of the offense. Disciplinary sentencing is mandated by Kansas regulations and consists of a wide range of consequences from being placed in disciplinary segregation to receiving a verbal reprimand.
The inmate also is permitted to appeal Class I and Class II convictions to the Secretary of Corrections’ designee whose decision is final.
The disciplinary process is explained in the Inmate Rule Book which is given to every inmate during the intake process. Inmates are strongly urged to read the book because rule infractions may adversely affect their incarceration and good time, if eligible. More information is available in KAR 44-13-101 and IMPP 11-119 Decision Making: Documentation of the Disciplinary Process.
How does an inmate address grievances?
Before utilizing the grievance procedure, the inmate should try to reach an informal resolution with staff who work with the inmate on a direct or daily basis. Inmate request forms should be used to document this process. If this informal resolution attempt fails, the first level of the grievance system may then be used. If an emergency exists and a resolution could not be obtained by going to the unit team, the inmate may go directly to the grievance process. The grievance procedure incorporates several levels of problem solving to ensure solution at the lowest administrative level possible before moving to the next step:
Level 1: The inmate submits a grievance report form to an unit team member.
Level 2: If not resolved, the inmate submits the grievance report form to the Warden
Level 3: If not resolved, the inmate submits the grievance report form to the Secretary of Corrections.