Classification: Reducing Harm and Litigation

Classification: Reducing Harm and Litigation

Running an efficient jail while implementing policies and procedures to keep inmates, officers, and staff safe is a delicate balance.

Given the size of the nation’s criminal justice system, this balance can be difficult to manage. With over 2.3 million people incarcerated in the United States, it’s even more critical your jail is prepared to reduce potential harm, including limiting exposure to litigation.

Litigation exposure is unavoidable in today’s society and can be particularly resource-draining, even in situations in which a jail followed all necessary protocols and policies.

Top Three Reasons Inmates or Their Families File Lawsuits

Inmates or their families file lawsuits for several reasons, all of which have been further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The most common include:

  • Injuries caused by staff or other inmates.
  • A jail’s failure to provide adequate medical care
  • The wrongful death of an inmate.

Although not entirely avoidable, there are actions your team can take to prevent risk. The more you know and act now, the better prepared your team will be to handle the inevitable.

So how can you ensure your correctional facility is adequately protected while also ensuring the health and safety of inmates and staff?

Classification Software Helps Reduce Litigation Exposure

Classification Management is proven to be one of the most efficient methods to limit litigation exposure and, most importantly, prevent harm.

Crafted by criminological and technical experts, the Northpointe Suite’s Classification Management tools have everything your jail needs to develop an effective strategy for managing your inmate population. From our objective Inmate Decision Tree that allows you to easily determine risk levels to our screening tools that make it easy to identify and manage inmate needs, the Classification module takes the guesswork out of inmate management. It enables your team to make data-driven decisions.

We’re here to help your team be prepared. Contact us today to learn more about how the Northpointe Suite can minimize risk for your correctional facility.