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August 2013 - National Jail Exchange

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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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    NIC Assesses Jail’s Mental Health Issues

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) regularly provides Technical Assistance to respond directly to the needs, problems, and individual requirements of state and local correctional agencies. This article provides a brief look at an NIC assessment of how the McLean County Jail handles mentally ill inmates. It also links to an excellent podcast with NIC Consultants Ken Ray and Mark Goldman and Sheriff Mike Emery. During this interview various topics were discussed such as: why NIC is there;...
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    Cook County, Ill. Holds Expungement Summit

    By Charlie Ban, Staff Writer, National Association of Counties, County News, June 17, 2013 - Vol. 45 No. 12 A recent criminal records expungement “summit” in Chicago was the ninth such event to date, helping more than 200 area residents to wipe their public records of non-violent offenses and revive their career prospects. Coordinated by Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court, the summit capped a three-day National Association of Counties (NACo) Smart Justice Symposium...
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