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    Breaking the Ice

    By Joe Bouchard. Posted with the permission of the American Jail Association. This article originally appeared in the November/December 2014 issue of American Jails , the magazine of the American Jail Association. Correctional staff training is most effective when it engages officers’ ingenuity and problem-solving skills. In this article, Joe Bouchard gives four examples of training icebreakers that do just that and provides steps for facilitation by trainers. #1 “All Pens Are Not Created Equal”...
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    The Security Imperative: Establishing a Proactive System for Gang Management in a Jail

    By Sergeant Rocco J. Lepore, Supervisor, Gang Special Investigations Unit, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Detention Services Division, Las Vegas (Clark County), Nevada Most jails across the U.S. have a proven or potential need to recognize security threat group members and gang activity in the jail. In this article, a nationally recognized STG trainer shares experiences and strategies from a region with a high level of gang involvement among its jail inmates. Aspects of the Las Vegas/Clark...
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    The Technology Advantage: Using Shoulder-Mounted Cameras Within a Detention Facility

    By Major Timothy L. Smith, Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, North Charleston, South Carolina This article describes how the detention center in Charleston County, South Carolina, came to equip its special operations tactical teams with shoulder-mounted video cameras that record situations as they unfold. Because partner team members each wear a camera, two views are captured of every incident. The recordings have proven to be very helpful in after-action...
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    A Technological Approach to Inmate Searches

    Court rulings on strip searches over the past 20 years have limited the ability of jails to perform these searches of arrestees and inmat es being housed, and the financial penalties for violations have strongly encouraged jails across the country to comply with the decisions made by the courts. In early 2010 the Sedgwick County Detention Facility took steps to make searches of arrestees and inmates more effective without violating the law. The installation of new backscatter x-ray technology, similar...
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    Applying New Vulnerability Assessment Tools in Hennepin County

    Submitted by Captain Mike Wresh, Commander, Hennepin County Detention Division, Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2007 LJN Exchange. Summary A Correctional Vulnerability Assessment is different from security audits in several ways, because a CVA considers three dimensions of the correctional setting: physical plant, technology, and operations. In 2006, 12 county jails received a week of training that introduced a powerful new risk management tool developed by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)...
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