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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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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Medical Marijuana?… No, it’s Just Marijuana. Now what? – Part I

“Medical marijuana” is a trending national debate and hot topic.  First let me break down the fallacy of the term, “medical marijuana.”  Marijuana is a schedule I narcotic, still classified as such by the Federal government.  Additionally, it may be important to understand a little history on cannabis/marijuana.  “The Pure Food and Drug Act” was…

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Alarming National Spike in Religious Diets

Many jails in the United States are in the middle of a nationwide trend to go kosher. It has sent food costs soaring and left many sheriffs and administrators wondering what to do. They also wonder how to make an already tapped budget work with even less to accommodate those requests.

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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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