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Boost Efficiency and Safety with Self-Audits

There are few professions which, on a day-to-day basis, face such an unpredictable, fluid, and potentially volatile environment as does corrections management. Thus, correctional administrators must plan, develop, implement, and constantly improve operational strategies to protect against liability, adverse publicity, staff misconduct, prisoner assaults or disturbances, or operational dysfunction resulting in adverse news media coverage, loss of public confidence, and political difficulties. One of the most proactive ways an agency can defend itself in preventing harmful events and prisoner filed litigation is by adopting and implementing meaningful self audits.

Self audits, when conducted properly, discover potential weaknesses through a verification process that measures and documents policies, procedures and operations to specific guidelines and standards based on what the law requires. NIJO offers the most advanced web-based auditing tools designed specifically for corrections so that organizations can proactively manage their institutions affordably and with increased confidence.

Through these self audit resources, correctional administrators can defend their facilities against lawsuits more successfully than any other resource previously available and save hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and labor. Additionally, the system may be utilized for training purposes and incorporate additional audits, assessments, contract compliance, and inspection checklists/standards to increase productivity and enhance administrative insight to the well-being of individual departments as a whole.

The online auditing system developed by NIJO experts allows for unlimited users with various rights and roles, predetermined by the agency, that documents all work performed by individual users and outside auditors, as determined by the agency. Corrections administrators have the ability to manage, track, monitor and follow up on compliance using a unique corrective action module designed specifically for detention and correctional facilities.






Through NIJO’s self-audit process, correctional facilities gain numerous benefits. These include improved operational compliance, enhanced staff training, and better risk management. Additionally, the process aids in identifying and rectifying dysfunction, misconduct, and non-compliance, leading to safer environments for staff and offenders. Successfully audited facilities can also experience reduced liability insurance costs, showcasing the tangible benefits of maintaining high standards in corrections management. 

NIJO’s web-based tools offer a comprehensive approach for self-audits in corrections. These tools are designed to systematically assess and document facility operations against the NIJO Legal-Based Jail Guidelines®. They enable corrections administrators to conduct thorough evaluations of policies, procedures, and practices, ensuring compliance with the highest standards. This methodical approach facilitates the identification of potential areas for improvement, streamlining the process of maintaining operational excellence in correctional facilities.

NIJO’s self-audit process is designed to uncover and analyze instances of dysfunction, misconduct, and non-compliance within correctional facilities. This analysis is key in identifying areas where current operations might not align with legal standards and best practices. By shedding light on these critical issues, the process assists facilities in making informed decisions to rectify problems and enhance overall performance and compliance.

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