Corrections

Failure to Train: Protecting Responder Organizations from a Shifting Legal Threat

As the nation debates the role of police in the community, efforts are underway to redefine the concept of qualified immunity and expand the degree to which public safety organizations are held accountable for the actions of their personnel. This paper traces the modern evolution of failure-to-train lawsuits against law enforcement and other public-sector entities, which effectively begins with 1989’s City of Canton v. Harris. From there, the legal concept of failure-to-train becomes a labyrinth of rules and procedures, with more changes on the horizon. Still, some key factors remain essential to organizations seeking both to prevent misconduct and to defend against allegations. One is effective and continuous training, and another is comprehensive, accurate, and easily accessible data recording that training. This paper presents a compelling case for the twin roles of training and documentation in the ever-shifting environment of public safety.

Cellphone Challenges for Law Enforcement and Corrections

Cellular phone technology has fundamentally changed the way people communicated since it hit the mass market in 1984, and its effects on overall public safety were nearly as dramatic. Today’s public safety agencies utilize mobile devices better and in more ways than ever, but that does not negate the unique challenges they pose — especially for personnel in the law enforcement and corrections fields.

2020-06-04T13:34:50-04:00January 7th, 2020|Corrections, Law Enforcement|

Drones: A Legislative Wild West With Serious Concerns for Public Safety Agencies

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, have gained a somewhat unsavory reputation, both for their ability to enable such illicit behavior as prison smuggling and for the extreme difficulty lawmakers face in effectively legislating their use. From “lawful” behavior with gaping loopholes to clear-cut illegality, here’s what agencies need to know about the ever-popular device class — and what they can do to defend against them.

2019-11-21T14:44:48-05:00November 19th, 2019|Corrections, General Public Safety, Local & Tribal|

Restrictive Housing May Be Under Fire in Fight Against Prison Gangs—but Training’s Value is Constant

For a time, the corrections industry largely viewed automatic administrative segregation (“adseg”) placement as a “silver bullet” to a growing gang problem. Now, with the larger practice of solitary confinement under criticism, it may soon be time to search for new strategies — with the need for better education proving a rare constant.

2019-10-22T14:58:45-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Corrections, General Public Safety|

How Do Responder Agencies Handle Workplace Trauma in Frontline Agents?

A responder may experience more trauma in a given day than the average worker sees in a lifetime, and the effect can be corrosive. For law enforcement, fire, emergency medical, and the collection of other agencies under the response and criminal justice banner, getting employees the right help at the right time is critical.

An Impossible Challenge? For Corrections, Solving Complacency Starts With Culture

A worrisome issue regardless of field, the challenges inherent to employee complacency grow even more dire in the corrections industry — a field where even minor oversights can lead to serious injuries and lost lives. Worse, because it is borne from biological processes we rely on every day, there is no failsafe approach to the issue and its associated problems. By instilling a mix of cultural and procedural change, however, facilities can give themselves the best possible chance against the problem manifesting in harmful ways.

2019-07-02T13:51:35-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Corrections, General Public Safety|

For Corrections Agencies, Facilities, Stopping PR Crises Isn’t an Option—Prevention Is

Consider for a moment the idea of public relations and the positive impact it can have across the spectrum of agencies serving the public safety and criminal justice fields. A key point of focus in any private enterprise’s strategy and perennial billion-dollar expense for the federal government, the oft-misunderstood […]

2019-04-30T08:29:04-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Corrections, General Public Safety|

PREA & Transgender Inmates

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) established national standards for prisons, jails, community confinement facilities, and lockups to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. A significant focus was placed on transgender and intersex individuals, requiring the development of policies, procedures, practices, and training to meet those standards. Listen in to hear how corrections professionals manage transgender populations in correctional environments. Learn how the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections addressed these challenges by joining us for a free webinar, Transgender Populations In Corrections, presented by David Radziewicz, PREA Coordinator for PA DOC.

2019-07-26T13:32:02-04:00April 5th, 2019|Corrections|
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