Servant Leadership: What It Is and Why It Matters To Your Future

Servant leadership is a leadership model meant to replace typical command and control models of leadership,common in law enforcement,to be more focused on the needs of others. In the detention/corrections setting,others can mean many things – community,staff,inmates,board of commissioners,taxpayers etc. In our role as professional detention and corrections officers we serve all of those entities. To really understand why it’s important to “serve” others you must first take a look at what being a good steward means.

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Jails: Conducting Security Threat Group and Gang Interviews in a Pre-trial Setting

One of the most important aspects of classification and the subsequent housing of individuals being booked into your facilities is the ability to identify who is a security threat to your facility,inmates and staff. Street and prison gang members pose the greatest risk to the safe and secure operation of your facility if not classified correctly. One the most important indicators of gang membership or association other than tattoos is the interview.

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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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Standard J 07.03.01: Volunteer Qualifications and Screening

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: Correctional institutions are constantly striving to provide meaningful opportunities for those incarcerated to rehabilitate and break the cycle of recividism.  Educational classes, treatment and religious programming, life skills and work release programs vary from facility to facility depending on available resources.  The use of volunteers and organizations…

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Standard E04.02.01: Privileged Mail

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director KEY ISSUES: According to the Supreme Court, one of the elements necessary to assist inmates’ access to courts is prohibiting jail staff from actively interfering with prisoners’ attempts to prepare legal documents1 or otherwise interfering with access by imposing unconstitutional barriers to access courts and counsel. Written correspondence represents…

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