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The Implications of Brady-Giglio for Law Enforcement

Editor’s Note:  Because the language in the Brady-Giglio policy references law enforcement agencies and police officers specifically, those terms have been used throughout this article for consistency.  However, it is important to note that the Brady-Giglio policy encompasses those who work in all areas of law enforcement,and as such,is applicable to all corrections staff/officials working in jails and prisons as well. The...

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Morale in Detention Facilities

Morale What is more important than staff morale?  Probably safety, security, custody, care, health and welfare; however, doesn’t morale coincide with each and every one of these critical issues when running a constitutionally sound Detention Center?  The question of morale in corrections is a difficult subject in any facility.  On a great day, we may get a C+ for morale, so boosting morale or “managing” morale is a daunting task.  We...

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Can Prisoners Stand Their Ground?

In a recent case, the District of Colorado dismissed murder charges against a prison inmate who claims he acted in defense of an intrusion into his dwelling.  In a legal first, he successfully raised Colorado’s “Make My Day” law as a defense in a prison killing.  “Make My Day” laws are often associated with “Stand Your Ground” laws, which have recently garnered media attention.  These laws both originate from the “Castle Doctrine,” a...

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Introduction – Blake Hamilton

NIJO is pleased to have Blake Hamilton, esq. of the firm Durham, Jones & Pinegar serve as NIJO General Counsel.  He brings a strong background in law enforcement and corrections law and litigation.  We welcome him to the NIJO organization.  Hamilton also conducts training for NIJO on various subjects including: Inmate First Amendment Rights Inmate Access to Court and Counsel Use of Force in a Jail Setting (legal approach and...

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The Ultimate Challenge: Constructing a New Jail

In law enforcement, agencies spend significant resources annually training personnel for low frequency, high-risk events. Firearms training, resolving hostage situations, and active shooter scenario training receive regular agency attention. We learn from others who have encountered the threat and we learn from their response – what worked, what did not work, and critical lessons learned. This education process is critical, for if...

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