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.
Detention facilities have always been faced with the daunting task of managing the emotional as well as the physical behaviors of inmates in a restrictive environment. For employees of these institutions,the task of navigating both behaviors is a true test of their own social,emotional,and communication skills. Add to this the day-to-day administrative demands of the job,the scrutiny of others,and the stigma associated with working in a correctional environment,and the daily stress can be overwhelming.
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.
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.