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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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JAILCON 20/20 – Two Enrollment Sessions Added!

As of September 30, 2020, JAILCON 20/20 attendees have ...
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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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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.
Where's Warren? NIJO National Jail Tour


On April 20th, 20201, our Deputy Executive Director, Warren Clark left NIJO Headquarters on 4,700 mile journey across the country.  His goal?  To visit over 30 jails and thank as many sheriffs, jail administrators, officers and correctional health care workers for their dedication to the corrections profession in honor of National Corrections Week.  Want to know what jails has he visited and where is he heading next?  Check back here daily and follow NIJO on  social media.  (#whereiswarren? #NIJO #nationaljailtour)
National Institute for Jail Operations partners with Western States Sheriffs' Association to provide regional training for the Western States


To provide affordable, trusted, legal-based training for jails in the western states, WSSA and NIJO have joined forces to offer an advanced jail training program for WSSA members. To accommodate everyone, the regional seminars will be offered at locations across WSSA territories. All training is approved for NIJO National Certification for NCCE, NCCS, and NCCO levels.  WSSA and NIJO share common ground on defending the office of Sheriff and promoting a sheriff’s best interest on jail issues without regard to political correctness, affiliation or putting organization objectives before the members they serve.  Learn more
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