About NIJO

The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) was formed in 2011 as the primary resource dedicated to serve those that operate jails, detention and correctional facilities. Recognizing the enormous liability and increasing litigation facing administrators, NIJO provides a compilation of legal-based resources and information for agencies to make facilities safer and more secure, proactively defend against frivolous litigation, and protect against adverse publicity and liability. NIJO is the only organization to offer the following resources under one umbrella a with legal-based emphasis:

  • Legal-Based Jail Guidelines
  • Conferences and Seminars
  • Online Training
  • Officer and Staff Certification
  • Legal Technical Assistance
  • Verification Inspections and Auditing Tools
  • National Accreditation
  • Model Policy and Procedure

These resources are a far departure from the past traditions of “best practices” that may undermine administrative discretion and do not reflect current case law uniquely applicable to each facility. In corrections, with limited budgets and resources NIJO represents jails and detention facilities by providing the most current information and resources from a welcomed, trusted source.