Standard C01.03.04: Inmates Requiring Immediate Medical Attention

KEY ISSUES: Picture this scenario.  The local PD drives through the sally port with a drop off in your jail. “Don’t worry about him – he got in a little accident with a chase we had.  He was drinking but it will wear off and he will be fine,” says the arresting PD officer. Your…

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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 D08.02.01: Suicide Risk Screening

By Tate McCotter, NIJO Executive Director THE DRILL: I don’t know of any jail administrator making a promise to their sheriff saying “We are going to eliminate suicides from happening at this jail.”  Why not?  While that is the best intention of every jail administrator and officer, the truth is that it is impossible to…

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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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