Chances are, 60% of the people in your jail haven't been convicted of a crime and are still awaiting trial. Around 30% are in your custody because they are unable to pay a cash bond. The courts may be at the center of the pretrial reform debate, but jails are at the center of the ongoing repercussions of those decisions.
Jails are physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging workplaces, and even the most effective correctional officers can use periodic reminders, training, tools, and resources for continued success. In our ongoing conversations with jail staff and leadership across the country, we’ve compiled a list of the top skills COs can build to stay in control and injury-free.
Twice as many correctional officers suffer from PTSD as military veterans. For every correctional officer killed in the line of duty, 10 more take their own lives. Mental health concerns among correctional officers are very real, and they’re not going away. It’s time to start talking about it.
Forward-thinking jails know that inmates have taken a variety of paths to get to where they are, and they have very different needs while incarcerated to support successful reintegration into society and reduce recidivism. One of the key factors found to influence a person’s path is gender. Decades of research shows that women typically have different motivations for criminal behavior than men, and they respond differently to treatment.
Customers come to us for help with everything from managing change to working through reform issues to navigating ongoing resource challenges. As we work with teams across the country, we’re able to spot trends as they unfold, and we’re constantly learning more and applying what we learn to new situations. In 2019, customers asked questions that shed light on the current state of corrections and the trends that are starting to trickle down to agencies of all sizes. Check out our Top 3.
How do jails effectively manage their already scarce resources? By knowing who needs them. Assessment tools can help you screen inmates for everything from mental health to medical well-being, suicidal tendencies, PTSD, and even potential PREA concerns. When you screen inmates at intake, you know right away what treatments, housing, and programming will be most effective for each individual, and you can make decisions that appropriately allocate resources and keep everyone safe.
Placement in restrictive housing is often an attempt to protect inmates, but it can have the opposite effect, particularly for those who suffer from mental illness. The problem is twofold: not only can solitary and restricted conditions exacerbate mental health conditions, the lack of access to treatment and programming further disrupts existing issues and can even create new ones.
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Data is central to the criminal justice decisions that affect lives, families, and communities every day. It drives more equitable outcomes, helps objectivity reign, and supports healthy communities. But how do we know the data is right? How do we know we can rely on it? Learn what data quality means for criminal justice practitioners and what each of us can do to make it better.
Some suicides can’t be prevented, but it’s our responsibility to try. Jails today are facing lack of funding, lack of resources for treating substance abuse issues and mental illness, and myriad other challenges that make it difficult to meet every inmate’s needs, but when it comes to suicide prevention, we have to stay vigilant.
For decades, the primary way jails and prisons have attempted to mitigate this elevated risk and keep mentally ill inmates safe was to keep them separated from the general population. This makes sense: When vulnerable inmates aren’t exposed to potential predators, they’re substantially less likely to be victimized.