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Jail & Prison Glossary Terms

Prison glossary of terms from Identification to Involuntary Transfer including some inmate slang. This page consists of prison glossary terms starting with the letter I.

Prison Glossary of Terms That Start With "I"


Identification (ID) Cards and Badges: ID cards issued to DOC inmates and employees which include a photo, name, location, state seal, and date issued on the front of the card. May also include; date of birth, height, weight, color of hair and eyes, sex, a bar code indicating social security number.

Illegal Drugs: Any drug listed in the United States Code, Title 21, Section 806(6). Drugs including, but not limited to, heroin, cocaine, crack, marijuana, PCP, amphetamines, and methamphetamine. These drugs have a high potential for abuse.

Immediate Family Member of an Inmate Minor: Legal guardian, parent, brother, step or half-brother, sister, step or half-sister, grandparent, step-parent, adoptive parent, aunt, or uncle all of whom must be over the age of 18.

Immediate Family Member of an Offender: Grandparents, parents, step-parents, adoptive parents, legal guardian, brother, step or half-brother, sister, step or half-sister, spouse, son, daughter, step/foster/adopted children, and grandchildren.

Impacted Agencies: Federal, state, or local units of government that may require assistance responding to a disaster.

Impairment: The severity of an offender's disability related to a medical or mental health condition with associated symptoms requiring a higher level of care.

Inactive Record: The record of an offender no longer under the jurisdiction of the DOC, to include offenders discharged from a facility or community corrections center, a parolee who has discharged their parole obligation, an offender who is released from the sentence to DOC by new court order, or a deceased offender.

Incarceration Status: The status of an inmate's specific sentence at a specific time:

  • Dismissed by Sentencing Court
  • Active; the inmate is still serving the sentence
  • Inactive where the sentence has been completed
  • Temporarily Absent or Inmate not in Custody
  • Vacated where the Sentencing Court has overturned the sentence

Incident Report: A document that is utilized by all DOC employees, contract workers, and volunteers to transform observations into a chronological, discernible document. Incident reports may be authenticated as documentary evidence in a hearing and/or used for informational as well as statistical purposes.

Indigent Parolee: A person on regular parole status under the jurisdiction of the DOC who is unable to provide for his/her immediate living or employment needs while under parole supervision.

Informal Count: A count conducted at irregular times while offenders are working, engaged in daily living activities, or attending programs. DOC employees/contract workers are required to maintain records of informal counts.

Initial Search: The initial attempts to locate and recover the fugitive after field leads have been exhausted and the case transferred.

Inmate Bank Deposits: Any funds received or credited to an inmate bank account including but not limited to: inmate pay, incoming money orders, revenue from hobby crafts, and federal and state income tax refunds.

Inquiry: A preliminary review of an incident or report of misconduct to determine an appropriate course of action.

Institution: Federal, state, local or private operated or contracted prison or other correctional facility.

Interstate Compact (Parole): An agreement between compact states for the supervision of parolees and probationers.

Intersystem Transfers: Transfer of an offender from one distinct agency (correctional system) to a DOC facility.

Intrasystem Transfers: Transfer of an offender from one DOC facility to another.

Involuntary Transfer: The involuntary transfer of an offender(s) from a facility operated by the DOC to a mental hospital or institution.

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