Operation Get Smart was implemented in 1976 and for more than 47 years this program has been an intricate component in our crime prevention efforts. Operation Get Smart consists of a carefully screened team of inmates that travel the state speaking to youth and adults about actions which led to their involvement in crime and the consequences of criminal behavior.
Operation Get Smart consists of a carefully screened team of inmates who travel the state speaking to youth and adults about actions that led to their involvement in crime, and the consequences of criminal behavior. While conducting Operation Get Smart programs, inmates are in uniform and are supervised by a uniformed Correctional Officer. The inmates reinforce the same positive values and life skills that parents and educators encourage, i.e., making good decisions, the consequences of making poor choices, being responsible for their actions, the consequences of carrying weapons, staying away from alcohol and drugs, choosing friends carefully, the difference between positive and negative peer pressure, getting a good education, talking to parents and other responsible adults if they have problems, setting positive goals and striving to reach them, etc.
The Screening Process for an Operation Get Smart Inmate
The screening process for OGS inmate team members is extensive, ensuring they are trustworthy, sincere, and committed to the program's mission. Interested inmates must complete an OGS application, which includes their reasons for desiring to participate in the program, the message they feel they can convey, and other pertinent information about themselves. The inmate’s records are thoroughly screened to confirm that they meet the minimum security requirements, have good, proven institutional adjustment, have no criminal sexual conduct, escape, or kidnapping convictions, or any other condition that would rule them unacceptable. Inmates successfully completing the initial screening are individually interviewed by a Public Awareness Programs staff member. Inmates are also psychologically tested, law enforcement officials in the committing counties are consulted, and registered victims are notified. Inmates can be determined unacceptable during any stage of the screening process. The inmate must then be recommended by State Classification and approved by their respective warden, the Division Director of Operations, and the Division Director of Programs, Reentry, and Rehabilitative Services. The manager of the Public Awareness Program makes the final selection of inmate participants based on the program's need at that time. Inmates selected for OGS program assignments complete an orientation and training process, and their performance and adjustment are constantly evaluated so long as they are assigned to the program. Additionally, OGS inmates are randomly drug tested to guarantee they are drug-free.
Grand Totals From June 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
Total Number of Engagements: 78
Total Youths Attending: 8,983
Total Adults Attending: 1,222
Total Programs: 65
Total Presentations: 112
Total Miles Driven: 12,317
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