Knowing the Differences Between National Standards, Contract Agreements and Legal-Based Guidelines

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director A September 12, 2018, headline from the Huffington Post stated “Muslim Inmate Claims Kansas Prison Officers Harassed Her Over Headscarf.”1  The news article explains how the national legal advocacy group Muslim Advocates notified the Leavenworth Detention Center (LDC), the Department of Justice and the US Marshals Service the “actions…


Karl Malone’s Message to our Men and Women in Uniform

This is Karl Malone. This article is dedicated to YOU–our men and women in uniform, corrections officers, law enforcement officers, first responders, and everyone who protects our freedoms every single day.   After the justice system has run its’ course, the appeals and sentences, I know this is when the work really begins. You do…


How Tablets are Helping Us Clean Up Our Prison

By Expert:  Sean Stewart The debate over prison reform seems sharply divided between those who want to see stricter sentencing and harsher punishment and those who want to move toward a more rehabilitative system. Despite very real differences between these two philosophies, there may be one issue that both sides can agree on – inmate tablets……


Voluntary Exposure in Jails & Prisons–Do your policies protect you?

By Expert : Tate McCotter Correctional officers regularly deal with inmates who voluntarily disrobe – actions which can lead to compromising situations that can adversely affect the safety, security, order and discipline of the jail.  Voluntary exposure by an inmate is connected to a variety of key issues that present serious liability and administrative issues which are…


Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of Law Enforcement–What Would Society be like Without Law Enforcement

By Expert : Darin Durfey Does it seem that the rhetoric and criticism of law enforcement is getting worse with each passing day?  Have you ever wondered what may happen if Law Enforcement decided to “walk off the job”?  What would American society look like without law enforcement?  These are all real questions that every citizen,…



By Expert : Mike Haley PhD Recently, I was  asked to develop a training block on CAREER ENDING MISTAKES.  While working on the presentation, I realized that MISTAKES is not the proper word, thus the strike-through in the title.  CHOICES is more appropriate, and there is a critical difference between the meanings of the two words. Mistakes are actions or judgments that…