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Standard B01.02.02: Periodic Review and Revision of Policies and Procedures

KEY ISSUES: During an onsite visit of a correctional center, I was led through an administrative hallway leading to a secure area of the facility.  The hallway was about 30 feet long and was a heavily trafficked area – one that every correctional officer walked daily.  The entire hallway on both sides was plastered with various administrative papers.  There were so many papers on the walls I couldn’t see an inch of paint except...

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Voluntary Exposure in Jails & Prisons–Do your policies protect you?

If you know the nicknames “gun slinger” or “mule skinner” you will likely appreciate this article.  Correctional officers regularly deal with inmates who voluntarily disrobe – actions which can lead to compromising situations that can adversely affect the safety, security, order and discipline of the jail.  Voluntary exposure by an inmate is connected to a variety of key issues that present serious liability and administrative...

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Legal-Based Guideline G02.05.02: Accounting for Supplies and Utensils

KEY ISSUES: Food services are an essential part of the daily operations of a jail1.  Because of the vast differences in correctional institutions and each administration’s limited resources, the operational processes vary from facility to facility.  Some have elected to manage all of the food operations from A to Z.  Others have elected to outsource the entire operation2 and many have implemented a blend of each.  Many utilize inmate...

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Legal-Based Jail Guideline J05.02.01: Inmate Work Program – Purpose

KEY ISSUES: As released by the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, a call to action for a nationally coordinated prisoner work stoppage was to be held September 9, 2016.  The group claims that inmate work programs are a form of slavery. “To every prisoner in every state and federal institution across the land, we call on you to stop being a slave, to let the crops rot in the plantation fields, to go on strike and cease...

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Legal-Based Jail Guideline F02.02.02: Living Area Checks

KEY ISSUES: Legal-Based Jail Guidelines F02.02.02 states that inmates should be individually observed in their living areas at least once each hour, more whenever possible. Rounds should be made on an irregular basis. The need to conduct living area checks should not be a newsflash to anyone with a brain.  So why would there be a focus on this particular point when it is so blatantly obvious, especially considering that living area...

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