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 I01.03.02: Personal Hygiene Items Issued to Inmates

KEY ISSUES: Often inmates who are booked into a jail come into the facility with very poor hygiene habits.  Many don’t shower, brush their teeth or take care of their hair.  Cleanliness may be an afterthought and,  considering the close proximity of arrestees being housed together, an offensive odor can set off a fight just…

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Standard G02.04.01: Preparation of Meals

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES “Three hots and a cot!” Let me ask, is that really the standard? Are jails required to serve meals hot?  If so, how many?  Let’s add to this issue.  Unlike persons in the free world, inmates are dependent on jail staff to ensure that their nutritional needs are…

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Standard H 04.03.02: Elective Procedures

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: Under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution1, jail administrators are required to provide inmates with “reasonably adequate” medical care.2   In 1976, the United States Supreme Court established the standard used by lower federal courts to review claims by prisoners of denial of medical care.  In…

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