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Aspen

The Aspen unit contains three housing sections, each holding 64 inmates at capacity, bringing the total capacity to 192 (or 96 double-bunked cells).
 
Aspen One houses inmates who are generally vulnerable to manipulation and being preyed upon by others. These offenders tend to be non-aggressive. In Aspen One, inmates have access to education, programming, a recreation yard and all jobs allowed based on classification and privilege level.
 
Aspen Two houses inmates who are generally easily managed and non-aggressive. The Offender Management Review team decides if inmates may be placed in this section. Many inmates housed here are recruited to work in education and programming because of their educational and skilled backgrounds.
 
Aspen Three also houses inmates who are generally easy to manage and non-aggressive. Many of these inmates also work as tutors and aides in education and life skills programs at the prison.
 


Birch
 
The Birch housing unit contains three sections, each holding 64 inmates at capacity, bringing the total capacity to 192 (or 96 double-bunked cells).
 
Birch One primarily houses older inmates serving long sentences. The Offender Management Review team places inmates in this section based on interviews and behavior. The section is generally quieter. Inmates must have no write-ups and are expected to be productive for 40 hours per week. The section is extremely clean and generally highly regarded by long-term inmates.
 
Birch Two houses inmates with known gang affiliations. Inmates in the section are closely managed by the Offender Management Review team, with regular interviews to address behavior and productivity. This careful management keeps violence and other problems to a minimum. Depending on their privilege level, inmates may be eligible to participate in programming, work and educational activities.
Birch Three houses inmates who generally pose management challenges due to their behavior. Inmates can earn the privilege to participate in education, programming, work, etc. The Offender Management Review team strives to effectively manage this population and keep the housing section relatively quiet.
 
 

Cedar

The Cedar housing unit contains three sections, each holding 64 inmates at capacity, bringing the total capacity to 192 (or 96 double-bunked cells).
 
Cedar One generally houses newly transitioned inmates as well as general-population inmates. Most inmates here will be moved to more permanent housing as they attain higher privilege levels through positive behavior. Inmates in the section may participate in programming, education, jobs, the recreation yard and other privileges.
 
Cedar Two is a high-privilege housing section and many inmates aspire to be assigned to this area of the prison. Inmates must engage in excellent behavior, with no disciplinary write-ups. The inmates here work as section leaders and throughout the facility. They participate in education and programs regularly and are given small incentives for maintaining positive behavior. 
 
Cedar Three houses inmates who generally have behavior problems that result in disciplinary action. As behavior improves, so do privilege levels. This section is a "level two" transition section, meaning inmates are transitioning from a maximum-security setting to medium-security housing. To encourage that progress, inmates enter a contract and agree to engage in specific behavior improvements.

Dogwood (SMU)

The Dogwood housing unit has eight sections and can house 89 inmates at capacity. Many inmates here are not double-bunked due to mental health issues.
 
Section A
This is the medical unit, designated for inmates with long-term illnesses, mental-health issues or injuries needing ongoing treatment. The unit is managed by medical staff. There are typically four to six inmates housed in the section at any given time.
 
Sections B & C
This is a short-stay unit. Inmates may be held here for a night or several nights prior to a Board of Pardons and Parole hearing, being moved to a county jail or being brought from a county jail to the prison for such reasons as medical or dental treatment. Each section contains five bunkbeds. Because inmates are here for short-term stays, they do not have the ability to engage in programming or recreation.
 
Section D
This section houses inmates who are classified as "level two" and have shown through their behavior that they must be housed alone. These inmates are closely monitored due to the safety and security issues they pose. The section has capacity to house 20 inmates.
 
Section E
This section has capacity for up to 20 inmates and is currently used to keep gang members separated.
 
Section F
This section consists of two, camera-equipped cells that allow officers to monitor occupants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cells are primarily used to house inmates who may be suicidal, have serious mental health issues, or have demonstrated extreme behavior.
 
Section G
This section has capacity for up to 20 inmates and is for inmates who have not yet been given a housing assignment, are in transition, have been issued a temporary restraining order or have been given administrative segregation due to behavior.
 
Section H
This section consists of two cells built with a positive air-flow system. The cells are designed for inmates who have a communicable disease or an infection that may be transmitted through the air. However, if one cell is occupied by a sick inmate, the other cell is left empty. Inmates here are monitored by medical staff. When not in use for their designated purpose, the cells may be used to house inmates with behavior problems.