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Table 2 Categories and definitions of policy classifications

From: Policy and public communication methods among U.S. state prisons during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic

Classification Category Definition
Policy Type
 Public health Policies that mirror broader public health measures or mandates
 DOC-specific Policies that address actions or needs that only apply to correctional agencies or systems
Policy Form
 Expand access Policies that make something more available than it was previously, either by explicitly authorizing increased access or by reducing barriers to access
 Reduce access Policies that make something less available than it was previously, either by explicitly suspending or reducing access or by increasing barriers to access
 Mandate change Policies that create requirements for individuals or organizations
Who Policy Primarily Affects
 Resident Policies that primarily target individual residents and/or resident behavior
 Staff Policies that primarily target staff and/or staff behavior
 System Policies that primarily target or facilitate institutional change