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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Standard A02.03.02: No Creation of Rights or Protected Interests

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: I was recently invited to attend a closed door meeting with numerous state sheriffs to discuss concerns about some recent in-custody deaths.  One particular legislator had publicly declared intentions to create legislation to “fix” the problems of suicides in jails in the state.  Those representing the sheriffs…

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Standard A02.01: Purpose of Legal-Based Guidelines

KEY ISSUES: While jail operations isn’t necessarily something championed during election time, it is probably a reality check for some sheriffs that may have only seen a sallyport door before an election to inherit an 800 lb baby jail with constant physical needs, ongoing maintenance and upkeep, requires your attention 24-7, costs a lot of…

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Standard C01.03.04: Inmates Requiring Immediate Medical Attention

KEY ISSUES: Picture this scenario.  The local PD drives through the sally port with a drop off in your jail. “Don’t worry about him – he got in a little accident with a chase we had.  He was drinking but it will wear off and he will be fine,” says the arresting PD officer. Your…

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Standard B02.02.01: Policies and Procedures Governing Operations of the Jail

KEY ISSUES: Back before the pandemic, we were conducting a training session on how to develop legal-based policies and procedures with a group of exceptional sheriffs, jail administrators and supervisors.   There was no need to emphasize why there is a need for jail policies and procedures in this litigious day and age to this group. …

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Standard P02.02.01: Inmates’ Constitutional Rights to Religion 

KEY ISSUES: The holiday seasons seem to solicit circumstances that test and try daily operations for every jail.  In efforts to try to accommodate special holiday traditions or festivities, many administrations have adopted operational practices such as increasing visitation and clergy schedules, variances in menus and adding some holiday-themed recreational activities.  But even simple, well-intentioned…

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