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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Prisoner Recreation: Right or Privilege?

A participant in a corrections law training session once asked me in frustration why prisoners should be entitled to recreation. He pointed out he had to pay $75 a month to belong to an exercise club,while his county had just consented to build a fully-equipped exercise room for the inmates in the jail.

Is recreation or exercise a right,or a privilege? 

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Philosophy-Based vs. Legal-Based Standards and Guidelines

The Emergence of National Standards

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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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