Legal Advisory Alert: Justice Catalyst Law (JCL)

In partnership with the Western States Sheriffs’ Association, the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) began analyzing the JCL’s background, intentions, letter contents and distribution patterns, and is analyzing potential outcomes which might affect the operations, policy, and potential litigation liability exposure for corrections agencies across the country.

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PRESS RELEASE: Administrators from Jails Across the Country Attend ELITE Academy in Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2022


Midway, UT  - Jail and correctionsELITE Academy Logo administrators from across the country gathered in Midway, Utah, to attend Class 02 of ELITE Academy, hosted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO).

NIJO created ELITE Academy to provide advanced legal-based jail training for jail personnel at the highest level, including sheriffs, jail administrators, wardens, directors, and supervisors.  Last week, May 2-6, 2022, twenty-five attendees represented corrections agencies from several states from California to South Carolina in what is being considered the highest level of command staff training specific to corrections ever offered for jail, detention, and corrections professionals.



The ELITE Academy training curriculum, created and facilitated by NIJO, was taught by nationally renowned attorneys and corrections experts, and covered a variety of critically important administrative topics ranging from policy development and constitutional issues to inmate rights, budgeting, inspections, correctional statistics, and core leadership principles.  In addition to the benefits of in-depth training on critical aspects of corrections administration and management, attendees had opportunities to connect with leaders from other agencies and to discuss solutions to challenges and issues commonly shared by corrections facilities.

Providing legal-based administrative training based on what the Constitution, federal acts, and Supreme Court rulings requires is a key focus for the National Institute for Jail Operations, according to NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter.

“The corrections profession has drastically changed over the last decade.  Aging ‘best practices’ must necessarily be reexamined by administrators who possess a strong understanding of current legal requirements and can effectively apply those legal ramifications to operations within their facilities. This is what ELITE Academy is all about.”



McCotter explained knowing and complying with legal requirements provides other notable benefits.  “Every community has a uniquely designed facility and population with differing needs, varying budgets, and resources.  When a corrections administrator understands what the law requires and can insert that knowledge into policies, procedures, operations, and training, customized solutions can be successfully applied while avoiding costly litigation. This approach also builds confidence and trust with inmates, officers, staff, and the public.  This is an empowering, proactive approach to corrections management very necessary in today’s world”.

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ABOUT NIJO

The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) was formed as the primary resource dedicated to serve those that operate jails, detention, and correctional facilities.  Recognizing the enormous liability an increasing litigation facing administrators, NIJO provides a compilation of legal-based resources and information for agencies to make facilities safer and more secure, proactively defend against frivolous litigation and protect against adverse publicity and liability.
PRESS CONTACT:
NIJO
Attn: Darla Gray
801-810-5245

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PRESS RELEASE: Administrators from Jails Across the Country Attend Executive Leadership Academy in Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2022


Midway, UT  -  Jail and corrections administrators from across the country gathered in Midway, Utah, to attend Class I of ELITE Academy, hosted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO).  ELITE Academy was created by NIJO providing advanced legal-based jail training for jail personnel at the highest level, including sheriffs, jail administrators, wardens, directors, and supervisors.  Forty attendees represented corrections agencies from dozens of states from Washington to Florida in what is being considered the highest level of command training specific to corrections ever offered for jail, detention, and corrections professionals.

The ELITE Academy training curriculum, created and facilitated by NIJO, was taught by nationally renowned experts and attorneys, and covered a variety of critical administrative topics, such as policy and procedure development, constitutional issues, inmate rights, budgeting, inspections and audits, correctional statistics, and core leadership principles.  Beyond the benefits of diving deep into critical aspects of corrections administration and management, attendees had opportunities to connect with leaders from other agencies, discussing solutions to challenges and issues commonly shared by corrections facilities.

Providing legal-based administrative training based on what the Constitution, federal acts, and Supreme Court rulings requires is a key focus for the National Institute for Jail Operations, according to NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter.  “The corrections profession has drastically changed over the last decade.  Aging ‘best practices’ must necessarily be reexamined by administrators who possess a strong understanding of current legal requirements and can effectively apply those legal ramifications to operations within their facilities. This is what ELITE Academy is all about.”  McCotter explained knowing and complying with legal requirements provides other notable benefits.

“Every community has a uniquely designed facility and population with differing needs, varying budgets, and resources.  When a corrections administrator understands what the law requires and can insert that knowledge into policies, procedures, operations, and training, customized solutions can be successfully applied while avoiding costly litigation. This approach also builds confidence and trust with inmates, officers, staff, and the public.  This is an empowering, proactive approach to corrections management very necessary in today’s world”.
 

Due to the overwhelming response to ELITE Academy, NIJO has already scheduled the next session for May 2-6, 2022 (ELITE Academy II), and the limited space is filling up quickly.  NIJO plans to offer 2-3 sessions of ELITE Academy annually.



Class Photo - ELITE Academy Class I
PRESS CONTACT:
NIJO
Attn: Darla Gray
801-810-5245

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18Oct

BREAKING NEWS: Massive Victory for Law Enforcement as Supreme Court Defends Qualified Immunity

  October 19, 2021 –  Today the United States Supreme Court issued two unsigned opinions applying qualified immunity to disputes over alleged excessive use of force by police officers, reversing lower court decisions from both the 9th and 10th Circuit which allowed law enforcement officers to be sued for their conduct while on the job. This is a massive victory for…

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08Feb

Inmates at St. Louis Jail Attack Corrections Officer, Set Fires in Their Unit

ST LOUIS, MO – About 115 inmates at a St. Louis jail escaped their cells, broke windows and set small fires in their unit on Saturday, officials said. The disturbance at the City Justice Center began around 2:30 a.m. when a “defiant detainee” got into a scuffle with a corrections officer, St. Louis Public Safety…

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