The priorities of the host, i.e., the correctional facility,
are safety and security. Its purpose is to insure the safety of the public,
staff and inmates. To that end, an important chain of command exists as
standard operating procedure. Educators must understand this chain of command:
who must be consulted or notified for what activity.
Regularly scheduled meetings between educational and
correctional staff are necessary to both incorporate and operate a family
education model in a correctional facility. These meetings should include
security staff, educators, counselors, supervisors, librarians, etc. Ongoing
dialogue between educational and correctional staff may, in time, expand the
scope of the original family literacy model.