Classification is not a department that the general public will normally deal with but understanding what they do may help to take away some of the anxiety of family and friends of inmates. Classification determines many things. They decide where the inmate is going to be housed based on the type of charge, whether he is to be listed as violent or non-violent, on his gang affiliation, his sexual orientation and various other factors. They aim for safety for the inmate and overall security. An individual can be moved to a different location by Classification for various reasons.
Classification is also the department that determines if an inmate is eligible for the MATCH/PATCH Program and for trustee status. If they allow an inmate to be a trustee they also determine what area that individual is able to work in. Basically, this department has the final say on where an inmate is located and on what privileges he can have.