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Jail Medical Care and the Importance of a Jail Practices Expert

Medical care in a jail setting is a very specific and unique situation not faced elsewhere because both the correctional staff (guards, deputies, officers, etc.) and the jail medical staff have duties and responsibilities that by the nature of the in-custody setting overlap. ::more::

 

Jail and Station Holding Cell Suicides, Attempted and Completed: Avoiding Allegations of Deliberate Indifference

Deliberate indifference can be defined as a “conscious or reckless disregard of the consequences of one's acts or omissions,” or simply put, “What did you know, when did you know it, and what did you do about it?” Without question, you will want to do all you can to avoid allegations and to defend cases of deliberate indifference in jail attempted and completed suicides. I drew upon my personal experience working in large, maximum security jails with an average daily inmate count of 3,800 inmates. ::more::

 

Overcrowded Prisons and Officer Safety

Prison overcrowding poses not only great risk to inmates, but also increased risk to the correctional officers who work in overcrowded prisons. Much is written in the media about how overcrowding affects the prison inmate population; however; frequently, however, the plight of the officers is underreported. ::more::

 

Unnecessary / Excessive Use of Force – A Working Definition

I am often asked to explain to people who are not police officers or lawyers the definition of unnecessary and excessive use of force. First, it is important to understand just what a use of force is. While many law enforcement agencies have their own definition, I have found that the simplest explanation is this: A use of force is an intentional act by a police officer who knows, or should know, may cause pain and/or injury to someone for the lawful purpose of controlling their actions. ::more::

 

Jail and Prison Riots

For some time now, the news media has inundated the public with stories of prison underfunding, poor prison health care, and the possibility of California releasing thousands of prison inmates to ease overcrowding. Additionally, two major prison riots were reported. One riot was in California and one in Kentucky. Numerous prisoners were injured and millions of dollars in damage was done during both riots. The news reported that prison overcrowding was to blame in each case. ::more::

 

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