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By Lt. Michael Esters, Jail Operations Section Commander, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Collins, Colorado

One year ago, Larimer County chose to take on the issue of managing difficult inmate behavior. The agency was twodealing with tougher inmates and more disturbances after putting systems in place to divert low-level offenders away from jail. The author describes how he asked the jail’s entire supervisory staff to research other agencies’ practices via site visits and to suggest new solutions. The result was a new high-security behavior modification program with a very structured approach to the use of restricted housing (administrative segregation), a phased system for return to the general population, and other changes.

The jail’s updated approach includes the use of direct supervision management principles in the high-security area and an emphasis on talking with inmates about their behavioral choices. Property damage, disturbances, cell extractions, and injuries to both inmates and staff all have been reduced very significantly since the changes have gone into effect.

Read the full article for details on the modifications introduced by Larimer County.




Posted Wed, Dec 4 2013 8:38 AM by Susan Powell

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