There are several general considerations that correctional officials have to take into account when assigning an inmate either in a general-population facility or on an individualized, or even segregated, facility. From these, three of them would be:

A: Gender. The most important part of this one consideration is whether the person has undergone sex-reassignment, or retains the gender that corresponds to the physical sexual characteristics from birth. This consideration will ensure protection of the inmate and also that the inmate will be able to comfortably participate in activities.

B: Type of offense. Depending on this one, especially in the case of those who have been sentenced to death, the inmate will have the right to an individualized assignment, but not segregation, from the different activities. Also, the conditions on type of offense will ensure proper access to the activities relevant to correcting the behavior that led to the offense in the first place.

C: Vunerability. This one is especially important, as living assignments of inmates will ensure that an individual with certain liabilities, or weaknesses, is not endangered or hurt by the others due to these frailties. Taking this into accout lowers the possibility of attacks inside prisons.

The other considerations are: age, mental health, institutional behavior, escape history, criminal history and other special needs.