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Legal-Based Resources for Agencies and Professionals working the Corrections Field

The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) is dedicated to serving those who operate jails, detention and correctional facilities across the country.  NIJO recognizes and understands the enormous liability and increasing litigation facing administrators.  We provide a compilation of legal-based resources and information to assist agencies in making facilities safer and more secure, helping you proactively defend against frivolous litigation to protect against adverse publicity and liability.

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Why We Need to Defend Qualified Immunity in Jails

By Tate McCotter, Executive Director National Institute for Jail ...
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NIJO Case Brief: Barnes v. Ahlman , 591 U. S. ____ (2020)

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director Case Title and ...
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Litigation Alert: The Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prisons, and the 8th Amendment

Prison officials and correctional healthcare providers are doing their ...
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SHUT THE FRONT DOOR: Using Common Sense to COVID-19 During Uncommon Times

By Tate McCotter, Executive Director National Institute for Jail ...
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Crisis and Conflict: Federal vs. State and Local Law Enforcement

by Stan Ellsworth I believe The Constitution to be ...
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Western Region Correction Professionals Awards

NIJO wishes to extend our congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Western Regional Corrections Professionals awards presented at JAILCON21 Western Regional Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, on July 1, 2021.  Several correctional professionals and agencies from the western region were recognized for their dedication and excellence in the corrections profession throughout their careers.  Read more

JAILCON21 West - Conference Summary

NIJO is pleased to report the success of another JAILCON! At the end of June, we celebrated our 5th year at the JAILCON21 Western Regional Conference at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Just like every year before, the conference sold out having over 400 corrections professions from several western states including Arizona, California, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico in attendance. Read more (#jailcon21, #jailcon)

Register for LIVE or ONLINE JAILCON!

We hope you'll join us LIVE at one (or both!) JAILCON Corrections Training Conferences this year!  But, just in case, you can't get away, we will also be offering JAILCON Online.  Whether LIVE or ONLINE, JAILCON will continue to be the perfect gathering place for you and other detention and corrections professionals to learn more about what the law requires for running constitutionally-safe detention facilities.  Find out more or register at www.jailcon.org.
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