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? 


Using Solitary Confinement as an Inmate Management Tool – Part II

An important discretionary tool in maintaining safety and security is solitary confinement. Solitary confinement is a highly effective tool needed and utilized by jail and prison administrators.  This allows for the separation of inmates who have demonstrated,through their actions,that they pose a threat to the safety of inmates,staff and the public. Administrators have no option but to isolate inmates who continue to engage in criminal activities while being incarcerated.


Using Solitary Confinement as an Inmate Management Tool – Part I

Corrections professionals are encountering an increasing trend challenging the use of solitary confinement.  The conflict is mostly being stirred up by the media,legislatures,inmate advocate groups and the public. Some have tried to link isolated incidences where solitary confinement was in use with an in-custody death and or other situations regarding an inmate’s behavior,often tied to mental health issues.


The Implications of Brady-Giglio for Law Enforcement

Editor’s Note:  Because the language in the Brady-Giglio policy references law enforcement agencies and police officers specifically,those terms have been used throughout this article for consistency.  However,it is important to note that the Brady-Giglio policy encompasses those who work in all areas of law enforcement,and as such,is applicable to all corrections staff/officials working in jails and prisons as well.


Can Prisoners Stand Their Ground?

In a recent case,the District of Colorado dismissed murder charges against a prison inmate who claims he acted in defense of an intrusion into his dwelling.


Electronic Messaging in Jails

The resource that could actually aide Corrections in reducing contraband and criminal communication in jails and prisons. Many officials believe this to be an inmate E-Mail system; however,that assessment is incorrect.

Electronic Messaging as a Resource