Standard I03.03.01: Documentation of Sanitation and Maintenance

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: What is the value for a jail administration of keeping documentation of sanitation and maintenance efforts in the jail?  Consider the following circumstances. In Nassau County, NY, inmate Peter Solomon claimed a rodent came out of a hole in his mattress and bit him on the penis. …

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Standard A02.03.02: No Creation of Rights or Protected Interests

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: I was recently invited to attend a closed door meeting with numerous state sheriffs to discuss concerns about some recent in-custody deaths.  One particular legislator had publicly declared intentions to create legislation to “fix” the problems of suicides in jails in the state.  Those representing the sheriffs…

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Standard A02.01: Purpose of Legal-Based Guidelines

KEY ISSUES: While jail operations isn’t necessarily something championed during election time, it is probably a reality check for some sheriffs that may have only seen a sallyport door before an election to inherit an 800 lb baby jail with constant physical needs, ongoing maintenance and upkeep, requires your attention 24-7, costs a lot of…

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