A headline like “Jail Fails to Comply with PREA”1 is not uncommon to read in the daily news. Unfortunately,some information being put out by various organizations is misrepresented on PREA and has caused confusion among our jails. Perhaps worse,they have negatively altered public perception of the Sheriff’s office and jails (After all,if you aren’t DOJ PREA compliant,you must not care about protecting the inmates from rape,right?)
What is intellectual property? How should you protect it and why? These are questions to have us think about the importance of protecting what is most important to us as law enforcement,detention agencies,and our associations,particularly what is developed to assist those we serve internally. Plagiarism may be the most sincere form of flattery,but in many cases it’s also illegal and sometimes creates a liability for the user.
In law enforcement,agencies spend significant resources annually training personnel for low frequency,high-risk events. Firearms training,resolving hostage situations,and active shooter scenario training receive regular agency attention. We learn from others who have encountered the threat and we learn from their response – what worked,what did not work,and critical lessons learned.
We left off at the end of Servant Leadership: What It Is and Why It Matters to Your Future with,“Become a successful steward to those entrusted to your care. Seek out alternatives to the status quo and always question to see if there is a better way. Don’t ever stop learning how to develop new opportunities for yourself and for others within your organization.” Let’s take that to another level.
Since 2012,one of the most requested subjects for jail training across the United States has been PREA. In 2012,the National Institute for Jail Operations trained in 35 states on a variety of legal-based subjects. Sheriffs and jail administrators have repeatedly asked in simple terms “What is PREA and how does it affect my jail.” Many are concerned about becoming “PREA compliant”,wondering what penalties and liability may occur with non-compliance to the DOJ PREA standards. With the world of liability,litigation and political pressure,it is understandable
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.