Every correctional system has a codified set of rules that inmates must follow. Whenever an inmate is accused of prison misconduct—that is, breaking one of these rules—he or she will appear before a disciplinary hearing officer or panel. At the due process hearing, the inmate can provide evidence supporting his or her innocence and has the right to appeal the decision of the disciplinary hearing officer to a higher authority. If the inmate is found guilty of the infraction, he or she will be punished. Common sanctions an inmate might receive include extra duty, loss of privileges, loss of good time, disciplinary segregation, or a disciplinary transfer to a higher security institution.

Predicting prison misconduct is important for several reasons. First, it can be of value ...

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