Photographing Arrestee Tattoos

Photographing Arrestee Tattoos
Jan17

Many facilities across the country photograph the tattoos of incoming detainees. The photographs of these tattoos are used as a classification and identification tool.  One of many informative variants that can be obtained from these tattoos are links or ties to gangs and or security threat groups(STGs).  Furthermore, these photographs can also be used as possible identifiers of an individual at a later date and time.  On many...

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Free Exercise of Religion (Part 1): Evolution of Prisoner Rights

By Gary W. DeLand The Right of Free Exercise Free exercise of religion is one of the most valued of the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Many of the earliest settlers in the American Colonies emigrated from Europe to avoid religious persecution (e.g., the Puritans, the Huguenots, the Quakers); thus, the Founding Fathers recognized religion as a requisite freedom. The right to free exercise of religion was considered of such...

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Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of Law Enforcement–What Would Society be like Without Law Enforcement

Does it seem that the rhetoric and criticism of law enforcement is getting worse with each passing day?  Have you ever wondered what may happen if Law Enforcement decided to “walk off the job”?  What would American society look like without law enforcement?  These are all real questions that every citizen, every law enforcement administrator and every law enforcement officer should be asking themselves right now.  We have critics that...

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

Voluntary Exposure in Jails & Prisons–Do your policies protect you?
Nov10

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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Arming Deputies with Different Kinds of Weapons: Communication, Patience, and Knowledge

Arming Deputies with Different Kinds of Weapons:  Communication, Patience, and Knowledge
Sep26

Co-authored by Amanda Trump Ask virtually any jail administrator in the country and he or she will tell you that the jail is the largest mental health facility in his or her city or county.    While the Constitution only requires that jail officials act without deliberate indifference to an inmate’s serious medical needs, administrators nonetheless struggle to find creative ways to address the growing problems presented by housing...

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“Medical Marijuana?” No, it’s Just Marijuana. Now what? – Part I

“Medical marijuana” is a trending national debate and hot topic.  First let me break down the fallacy of the term, “medical marijuana.”  Marijuana is a schedule I narcotic, still classified as such by the Federal government.  Additionally, it may be important to understand a little history on cannabis/marijuana.  “The Pure Food and Drug Act” was passed by the United States Congress in 1906 and required that certain special...

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