The Supreme Court began listening to the oral arguments on Wednesday,October 12,2011 for case# 10-945,Florence v. The Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington. This is a highly publicized strip search case in which the petitioner is questioning various aspects of individualized and reasonable suspicion regarding searches,which the majority of Circuit Courts of Appeal applied following the Bell v. Wolfish case decades ago. A ruling has not been rendered yet.
How cool I thought it would be to be a jail administrator,to be in charge of inmates and staff? At first,although overwhelming it was cool,but after a while the reality of the job,the day to day stress,the challenges of getting through daily operations wore me down and I start to wonder,is it worth it? Am I ever going to accomplish the goals I envisioned when I took the position? Am I going to make a difference?
This paper is drawn from a series of articles that have been presented in Sheriff magazine over the past several years. These articles formed the foundation for the Jail Staffing Analysis 3rd Edition book that is the final stages of editing.
Staffing Is the Backstop
While serving as Commissioner of Corrections,and later as Warden of a large urban jail,I negotiated inmate health care contracts with private providers and then worked closely with those providers as they integrated their services into the overall scheme of corrections. It was always a challenge,especially in the jail setting,to educate both the security staff and the medical provider of the importance of working together as a team.
The Gila County Detention Center Inmate Behavior Form was put into place in January of 2004 after many months of discussion with Superior Court judges,our county attorney’s office and the probation department. The form documents the in-custody behavior of inmates who are awaiting sentencing on their charges. If an inmate has behaved poorly while incarcerated,it is reflected in the pre-sentence report by the Gila County Attorney’s Office. On the other hand,should the inmate’s behavior reflect good conduct while in jail,that information also is presented.
NSA is organizing its 2012 Jail Training schedule. If your agency,association or region is interested in hosting training,contact us at email@example.com or call 1-800-424-7827 ext. JAIL (5245) for further information.
NSA jail training offers the most in-demand issues and training topics as requested by the host organization. National instructors are highly recognized across the country in their expertise field and base their presentations on current case law to ensure accurate information is taught and understood.