Utah Sheriffs’ Association Response to News Media Discussion of Jail Suicides

Utah Sheriffs’ Association Response to News Media Discussion of Jail Suicides
Jun15

Editor’s Note:  The following letter was written in response to recent negative accusations from the news media in and ACLU in Utah. by Gary W. DeLand,  Jail Operations Director, Utah Sheriffs’ Association The ACLU and the several media outlets have developed a sudden interest in a problem which is hardly new and which has been grappled with for decades not only by jail officials, but also by professionals in many different...

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CRITICAL MISTAKES CHOICES

CRITICAL MISTAKES CHOICES
Jun12

Recently, I was  asked to develop a training block on CAREER ENDING MISTAKES.  While working on the presentation, I realized that MISTAKES is not the proper word, thus the strike-through in the title.  CHOICES is more appropriate, and there is a critical difference between the meanings of the two words. Mistakes are actions or judgments that are misguided or wrong.  Mistakes are accidental and non-deliberate actions. Choices are...

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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

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 issues which are critical for administrators and officers to know and understand.  While a daily occurrence...

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