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Washington (CNN)—The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the religious freedom claims of a prisoner in Arkansas who wanted to grow a beard in accordance with his Muslim faith but was blocked by the Department of Corrections’ policy that forbids beards except for diagnosed dermatological problems. The Court...Read more
Thirty years ago, the Department of Justice began a 20-year initiative not only to research jail work and industries programs, but also to develop new tools and promote expanded work programs. At that time, the authors of this article were working in the Jails Division at the National Institute of...Read more
A message from AJA’s Executive Director… Thank you for your interest in AJA and keeping yourself informed of the latest news in our industry. I want to let you know of a recent change regarding future “Alerts.” Beginning with the Jan 6, 2015 edition, our weekly e-newsletter will be available...Read more
Best Practices in the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women and Girls Under Correctional Custody The National Task Force on the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women under Correctional Custody, initially convened by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011, created this best practices statement to articulate a set of...Read more
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unfolding differently in every State, understanding how this new law may impact State and local justice populations is complicated. In addition, with every State standing up health insurance exchanges and more than half expanding Medicaid eligibility (as of October 2013), there...Read more
Is your agency interested in the Certified Jail Officer (CJO) Program but desires more control over the application processes? Become a Certification Liaison and be the link to your agency’s success! Under the Certification Liaison Program (CLP), the agency appoints a central person to act on behalf of all the...Read more