When an accused offender arrives in your booking room, unknown factors abound. It’s your job to get a handle on the situation as quickly as possible, to book and house individuals appropriately, and to ensure the safety of everyone in your jail.
If you’re using trusted, validated risk/needs assessment tools, then you may ask, why override the recommendations it makes? It’s a good question. Statistically, it’s more effective to trust the tool than to override it.
Artificial intelligence is everywhere: our phones, our cars, even our doctor’s offices. But does it belong in criminal justice? Hear from Dr. Tim Brennan, Northpointe co-founder and expert criminologist, with a quick refresher on the decision making process and how AI is already revolutionizing evidence-based practice and improving outcomes.
Managing inmates who are disruptive and/or violent. Protecting inmates who are vulnerable. Maintaining order. Respecting rights and dignities. Your job isn’t easy.
Justice professionals and mental health professionals agree: Jails aren’t equipped to effectively treat mental illness, yet they do it every day. Jail staff and administrators have been asking for help for decades, and you and your peers undoubtedly spend a great deal of time trying to get appropriate resources to those who need the
“But what about … ?” How many times have you looked at a supervision plan and thought something wasn’t quite right? How many people in your population have a special circumstance or need that makes their case just a little different?
Justice professionals make life-altering decisions every day, and the consequences of these decisions ripple throughout our communities. Sound decision making is critical to ensuring public safety and a just system, and it begins with having accurate information.
It’s easy to fall into a defeatist mindset around inmate litigation. Even the most dedicated justice professionals can become jaded over time, and for good reason. Some inmates arelitigious. Some lawsuits are frivolous. Yet many issues spring from a legitimate complaint that can be easily addressed by your agency before spiraling into lawsuit status.
As a jail administrator, let’s say you’re not only able to implement a validated classification instrument to help with inmate classification, you’ve also installed a series of modules to help with overall organization and workflow management. But soon you realize that these systems are filled with features that don’t apply to how you run your jail, and the features that are supposed to help you break down.