Those are custody levels. Almost every inmate enters TDC as G2 where they can live in a dorm inside the fence. They can work outside the fence under armed supervision - such as hoe squad. G1 is outside trustee where they can live in a trustee camp and work outside the fence with minimal supervision. As I understand it, G3 is a special custody level for those with very long sentences - over 50 years - where they start out living as those in G2 but they are restricted in their access across the unit to do their job. I think that they can move to G2 and up after ten years. There is also G4 and G5 custody levels which are medium and close custody. They live seperately from G2 and each other and are much more restricted in movement through the unit. I guess those in close custody are moved through the unit in shackles and under escort when they move.
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I know this is late in adding to this- -but I just read this question- -also- -a G-3, is a fairly new rating TDCJ came up with about five years ago- -it is actually a old G-2 rating but the only difference is the crime committed was aggravated, but not extremely dangerius- -if that makes sense. Example- -a gun was used but no one got killed, or hurt.
so, a G-3 is basically like a G-2,. only never can go to trustee, but not dangerious enough to be out of general population- -hope I explained that right to you.
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Incorrect, several new offender custody levels and classifications were added 8 years ago following the escape of the Texas Seven. A G3 offender was an offender sentenced on a 3g crime ; however, a G3 offender can only move up from G3 class if he or she has served 10 years flat time for aggravated or 5 years flat time for non-aggravated crimes. An offender, no matter what classification they are or were, can be moved up to G1 status depending on several different factors (i.e. behavior, time remaining till discharge date, etc....).
If it is 3g offenders that are assigned to G3 custody level then how is there a policy that includes a provision for non-aggravated offenders? (ie can move up after 5 flat?)
If the G3 custody level is for 3g offenders then it seems that it must then follow that 3g offenders must enter at the G3 custody level. Is that true? Or, is there some other critera that is used to determine whether someone is assigned G3?
My wife lives with 3g offenders (including murder) - both in her wing and in her cell - that have not been in TDC for 5 years, let alone 10. So, I'm just trying to understand the association being drawn between 3g offenders and the G3 custody level.
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Yea, that's what I'm trying to figure out how Mike isn't a G3. Mike has a 3g offense...worked in the hoe squad at Gurney before he was transfered to Dawson. His classification is a G2 and his sentenced was 3 years...placed on probation..violated his probation by not paying his fees and reporting. Then sentenced to 6 months...his max is Oct 8, 2008. So, I'm trying to figure out if he's not G2...how does he fall into the G3 category with a 3g offense and less than 10 year sentence? I don't understand.
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Custody Levels On the unit of assignment, an offender is given a custody designation which indicates several things. It tells where and with whom he can live, how much supervision he will need, and what job he can be assigned to. An offender's custody level depends on his current institutional behavior, his previous institutional behavior, and his current offense and sentence length. If he violates rules, he will be placed in a more restrictive custody. If he complies with the rules, he will be assigned a less restrictive custody level.
Institutional Offender Custody Levels:
1. Administrative Segregation
2. General Population Level 5 (G5)
3. General Population Level 4 (G4)
4. General Population Level 3 (G3)
5. General Population Level 2 (G2)
6. General Population Level 1 (G1)
State Jail Offender Custody Levels:
1. Special Management
2. General Population Level 5 (J5)
3. General Population Level 4 (J4)
4. General Population Level 2 (J2)
5. General Population Level 1 (J1)
Administrative Segregation or Special Management refers to offenders who must be separated from the general population because they are dangerous, either to other offenders or staff, or they are in danger from other offenders. Additionally, offenders who, according to the SCC, are members of security threat groups designated by TDCJ may be given this custody level. These offenders leave their cells, for the most part, only for showers and limited recreation. (Offenders assigned to Administrative Segregation in expansion cellblocks shower in their cells.)
General Population Level 5 (G5) or (J5) custody refers to offenders who have assaultive or aggressive disciplinary records. G5 or J5 custody offenders must live in cells. They may not work outside the security fence without direct, armed supervision.
General Population Level 4 (G4) or (J4) custody means the offender must live in a cell, with few exceptions, and may work outside the security fence under direct armed supervision. J4 State Jail offenders may be housed in designated dorms.
General Population Level 3 (G3) refers to Institutional offenders who may live in dorms or cells inside the main building of the unit. G3 offenders are ineligible to live in dorms outside the main building of a unit, inside the security fence. G3 offenders will be generally assigned to field force and secure jobs inside the perimeter as designated by the Warden. They may work outside the security fence under direct armed supervision. (State Jail offenders are not assigned to level 3 custody.)
General Population Level 2 (G2) or (J2) custody refers to offenders who may live in dorms or cells inside the security fence. They may work outside the security fence under direct armed supervision.
General Population Level 1 (G1) or (J1) custody allows offenders to live in dorms outside the security fence. They may work outside the security fence with periodic unarmed supervision.
Note: Offenders in all of the above general population custody levels may also be given a safekeeping status if they need an added level of protection from other offenders.
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For more accurate information I would go to the TDCJ website and click on "General Information" under general information you will see "Offenders Orientation Handbook" lots of information to be learned there!
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Mont-S3 is someone's "line class" which is a time earning status and is different from the custody status. Line classes from from L4 to S1. You don't see many S1's anymore though and certain offenses prevent guys from ever going lower than a S3 (i.e. murder).