Standard C01.02.03: Admission Search of Inmate

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: Anyone who has worked a short time in intake or booking can quickly justify the need for conducting searches of those being admitted.  There are countless documented circumstances in every facility where arrestees have tried to smuggle in various types of contraband, reporting everything from loaded revolvers,…

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Standard K02.02.02: Exceeding Capacity

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: Prison reform has been on the radar for a number of years with political promises to reduce recividism and tight state budgets.  However, for many of our jails, this reform has become a matter of moving one population from prison to jails, who have experienced significant increases…

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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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