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27Aug

NIJO Case Brief: Barnes v. Ahlman , 591 U. S. ____ (2020)

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director   Case Title and Date: Barnes v. Ahlman , 591 U. S. ____ (2020), No. 20A19; Application for emergency stay to the United States Supreme Court; Decided August 5, 2020. Facts:   The administration and operations of Orange County Jail is overseen by Sheriff Don Barnes (Defendant, et al.). …

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Litigation Alert: The Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prisons, and the 8th Amendment

Prison officials and correctional healthcare providers are doing their best to follow community guidance and best practices in corrections to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into their facilities and address the virus if it is detected in their populations. The National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC), a leading prison healthcare organization, has provided management and…

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27Mar

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR: Using Common Sense to COVID-19 During Uncommon Times

By Tate McCotter, Executive Director National Institute for Jail Operations Many correctional facilities across the country have been operating short staffed, overpopulated and challenged in caring for a mentally ill population that has no business being in their facilities.   Resilient administrators have done the best they can with what few resources they have under these…

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Changing for the Better by Understanding Where We Are Now: Salt Lake County Jail Dashboard

Years of data, and months of development in the making, the Criminal Justice Advisory Council team and Sheriff Rosie Rivera of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office have collaborated together to create a Jail Dashboard. The dashboard is an interactive tool that displays information collected from the Salt Lake County jail data system.  The dashboard…

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Crisis and Conflict: Federal vs. State and Local Law Enforcement

by Stan Ellsworth I believe The Constitution to be an inspired document. It was written to divide and balance the powers of government between the States and the newly created federal entity. At that time, federalism was spelled with a lowercase “f”. Times have changed. After the war between the States, and during the “progressive…

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