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    NIC’s Frontline Learning Center Extends e-Learning to Correctional Line Staff

    By Scott Weygandt, Management and Program Analyst, National Corrections Academy, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Aurora, Colorado In this article, NIC Management and Program Analyst Scott Weygandt describes NIC's Frontline Learning Center , which was launched in 2012. Frontline is a free, online learning resource for front-line/first-line staff, such as correctional officers, detention officers, probation and parole officers, re-entry specialists, and correctional...
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    National Study of Jail Suicide: 20 Years Later

    Lindsay M. Hayes is the author of National Study of Jail Suicides: 20 Years Later , available for download from the NIC website. Summary Introducing a shorter summary of the study's findings, Hayes writes: Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in jails across the country and the rate of suicide in county jails is estimated to be several times greater than that of the general population. In September, 2006, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) entered into a cooperative...
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    Johnson County Sheriff – The Social Media Experiment

    By Tom Erickson, Master Deputy, Public Information Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Olathe, Kansas The Johnson County, KS Sheriff’s Office has fully embraced the use of on-line social media as a way to inform the public and to educate them about the jail and other sheriff’s office operations. In addition to their own experience, this article written by a master deputy in the public information office also discusses why jails should expand their communications into the online...
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    What to do About PREA

    By Connie Clem, Principal of Clem Information Strategies In late summer 2013, correctional agencies will experience the first audits on their compliance with the new Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards released by the U.S. Attorney General in August 2012. The PREA Standards are intended to provide guidance to correctional agencies for managing facilities that are safer and free from sexual coercion and harassment. Over the upcoming 3 years, each adult correctional facility and each residential...
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    ACA’s Core Jail Standards Focus on the Basics

    By Rod Miller, CRS, Inc. and Connie Clem Looking for more information or accreditation on ACA’s Core Jail Standards? Miller’s article covers several key questions around the development and validation of the Core Jail Standards. • What are the Core Jail Standards? • Why do we need jail standards? • Why do we need the new Core Jail Standards? • Who developed the Core Jail Standards? • What makes a standard “core”? The article also includes: comparisons...
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    Ada County’s Sheriff’s Office Employee Satisfaction Survey: Incorporating Employee Feedback in Decision-Making

    Summary: Being fully aware that employees are reluctant to provide honest feedback to the agency, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office implemented an Employee Satisfaction Survey in 2004. The initial survey was given to employees in written form, with the result that fewer than half of the agency employees participated. Recognizing the importance of gathering input from all employees – not just the naturally vocal ones – the Ada County Sheriff’s Office developed a method of gathering...
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    Change Talk: Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques in Jail Programs

    By Jamie Allen, Offender Services Manager, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, Louisville, Kentucky Allen writes, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) recently embarked upon a journey to change its program model to incorporate evidence-based practices and knowledge of “what works” nationally in the field of corrections. For years, our program model has included educational instruction and testing, substance abuse treatment, life skills courses, and spiritual groups...
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    Lubbock County's New Detention Center: Vision to Occupation

    This article by Dan Corbin, CJM, and Malcolm Chambliss was originally published by the American Jail Association in American Jails magazine, January-February 2011 issue. It appears here by permission of AJA. Corbin and Chambliss write, The former Lubbock County Detention Center’s needs had surpassed what the facility could provide. Aside from various maintenance issues, administration’s major concern was overcrowding. As a result, in August 2000, then-Sheriff David Gutierrez and his staff...
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    Managing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Inmates: Is Your Jail Ready?

    Submitted by Donald L. Leach, II, Ph.D., Senior Administrative Officer, Lexington/Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington, Kentucky, for the 2007 LJN Exchange . What unique challenges do lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) inmates pose for jail operations? What do jail leaders and staff need to know in order to appropriately manage these people with safety and respect? Accurate language and terminology, physical and gender identity factors, and an understanding of medical...
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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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    Risk Screening: A Fundamental of Effective Transition from Jail to Community

    The Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) model relies on several critical principles essential to the development and implementation of the TJC initiative. One of the most important is risk assessment. This article, written by NIC and their partners in the TJC initiative, opens with an introduction to the TJC development model and leads the reader into a discussion of the use and benefits of risk assessment as one of the first steps in good transition planning.
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    Leading by Example: Blue Earth County Goes “Green” in Its New Justice Center and Jail

    By Jessica Beyer, Blue Earth County Communications Manager & Business Analyst, Mankato, Minnesota, and Connie Clem, Editor, National Jail Exchange, Longmont, Colorado The Blue Earth County Justice Center and Jail in Mankato, Minnesota, was completed and occupied in June 2009. It is a multipurpose facility created to update county services, increase jail capacity, and streamline criminal justice processes for the county. It was also the first “green” public construction project in...
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    The Art of the Tweet-Along

    By Tom Erickson, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Olathe, Kansas A “tweet-along” is similar to the ride-alongs many sheriffs’ offices offer to area residents who want to learn more about public safety – but the audience can be as large as the number of the agency’s Twitter followers plus their contact networks. Johnson County PIO Tom Erickson explains how to prepare for a tweet-along, how to engage with the community and media during the live event, and how to...
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    From Cell Block to Clubhouse

    by William Daly, Director, Salt River Department of Corrections, Scottsdale, Arizona, and James Short, Director of Correctional Programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. American Jails, September/October 2012, pp. 8-10. This article “tells the story of the Salt River Department of Corrections' partnership with the Greater Scottsdale (Arizona) Boys & Girls Clubs to provide the first fully functional Boys & Girls Club program in a correctional facility in Indian Country...
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    Web-Based Inmate Visitation Improves Security and Access in Washoe County, Nevada

    By Debi Campbell, Detention Operations Manager, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno, Nevada The jail in Washoe County, Nevada, successfully piloted a web-based inmate visitation system that improves security, reduces visitor travel, and raises money for the inmate welfare fund. Visitors can access the system from their computers or from cell phones and tablet computers. After 2 years of use, the numbers of on-site inmate visits and web visits are about equal, and it is expected that web visits...
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