Standard D05.02.05: Retaliation Prohibited

By   Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director   KEY ISSUES If there is an adverse event in a jail, rest assured a finger will point at something and usually someone until it finds appropriate blame.  An administration or individual correctional officer should expect such and remember that anything and everything can be scrutinized or twisted…

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Standard D05.02.02: Resolution at the Lowest Level

By : Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director Nicole Youseff, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, AZ KEY ISSUES Have a discussion with most correctional supervisors and say the word grievance.  For most, it is a dreaded word.  Dealing with complaints about policies, procedures, decisions made by administrations and accusations of misconduct by fellow officers can be taxing…

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Why Legal Based Guidelines?  From an Administrator’s Perspective

By Expert : Darin Durfey| Posted : Friday, September 29th, 2017

Legal based guidelines are not open to opinion, variance or based on “best practice”. They are standards that are written to mirror case law, reference case law and are legally defendable.

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Standard D08.02.01: Suicide Risk Screening

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director THE DRILL: I don’t know of any jail administrator making a promise to their sheriff saying “We are going to eliminate suicides from happening at this jail.”  Why not?  While that is the best intention of every jail administrator and officer, the truth is that it is impossible to…

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Photographing Arrestee Tattoos

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).

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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…

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