Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

DOC Policies

The DOC makes the majority of its policy documents public in an effort to provide the greatest level of transparency possible. Policies are continually updated to ensure that employees comply with the most current laws and best practices in corrections. Policy documents are grouped by related topics but often have connections to other policies which requires reading more than one to fully understand a subject.

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Understanding DOC Administrative Policies

DC-ADMs/Inmate Handbook 

001 Inmate Abuse

002 Inmate Cable Television Service

003 Release of Information

004 Criminal Violations

005 Collection of Inmate Debts

006 Reasonable Accommodations for Inmates with Disabilities

007 Access to Provide Legal Services

008 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

009 News Media Relations

201 Use of Force

203 Searches of Inmates and Cells

610 Food Service

801 Inmate Discipline

802 Administrative Custody

803 Inmate Mail and Incoming Publications

804 Inmate Grievances

805 Outside Work and Housing Units, CWP, Forestry Units, etc.

807 Inmate Grooming and Barber/Cosmetology Programs

812 Inmate Visiting Privileges

813 Guest Speakers

815 Personal Property, State Issued Items, and Commissary Outside Purchases

816 Inmate Compensation

818 Automated Inmate Telephone System

819 Religious Activities

820 Co-Payment for Medical Services

821 Inmate Marriages

822 Guidelines for Inmate Organization Picnics-Banquets

Other DOC Policies

01.01.01 Policy Management System

01.01.02 Inspections and Audits

01.01.03 Organization of the Department of Corrections Central Office

01.01.04 Centralized Clearances

01.01.05 Notification of Extraordinary Unexpected Deaths

01.01.06 Volunteers and Interns in the DOC

01.01.07 Clean Indoor Air Act Policy and Procedures

01.01.08 Social Media

01.01.10 Videoconferences

01.01.11 Staff Mentoring Program

01.01.12 Empowerment

01.01.14 Offender Contact and Relationship Reporting Requirements

01.01.15 Employee Associations

01.02.01 Victim Services

01.03.02 Citizen, Legislative, and Executive Office Inquiries

01.03.05 County Correctional Institution Inspections

01.06.01 Equal Employment Opportunity

01.06.02 Sexual Harassment

01.06.03 Contract Compliance

01.06.04 Minority and Women-Owned Business Opportunities

02.01.01 Planning, Research, Statistics and Grants (PRSG)

02.01.02 Research Activities

02.03.01 Information Technology

02.04.01 Computer Forensic Investigations

02.05.01 Technology Evaluation Committee

03.01.01 Fiscal Administration

04.01.01 Human Resources and Labor Relations

05.01.01 Training and Staff Development

07.02.01 Counseling Services

07.03.01 Inmate Reentry and Transition

07.04.01 Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Programs

07.05.01 Administration of Specialized Inmate Housing

07.06.01 Delivery of Educational Services

07.08.01 Inmate Recreational and Therapeutic Activities

08.01.01 Community Corrections Centers

08.04.01 Community Corrections Treatment Services

09.01.01 Correctional Industries

09.02.01 Commissary Operations

10.02.01 Facility Maintenance

11.01.01 Population Management

11.02.01 Reception and Classification

11.03.01 International Prisoner Transfers

11.03.05 Armed Mounted Horse Detail

11.04.01 Case Summary

11.05.01 Records Office Operations

11.05.02 Interstate Corrections Compact and Witness Protection

11.06.02 Act 57 DNA Data and Testing Supervision Introduction and Goals - Parole Field Services Special Supervision Programs - Parole Field Services Supervisory Oversight - Parole Field Services Community Reentry Parole Agent (CRPA) - Field Reentry Operations

13.01.01 Management and Administration of Health Care

13.02.01 Access to Health Care

13.03.01 Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act

13.08.01 Access to Mental Health Care

15.01.01 Safety