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California’s Public Safety Realignment Act has been painted as many things: Idealists have called it a grand experiment—one that could ultimately be a model for the Nation. Its detractors have been less charitable, calling it Hug-a-Thug, and a giant game of musical chairs, only with felons. Approved in 2011, the...Read more
New research sheds light on the pretrial population, policies, and practices involved in county jails. Counties own 87 percent of jails in the United States through which they provide supervision, detention, and other correctional services to over 700,000 people to maintain public safety and reduce recidivism. Many counties are at...Read more
Every day, public safety officers risk their lives to protect America’s citizens and communities. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is proud to honor select members of public safety agencies with the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. The...Read more
The primary responsibilities of a correctional officer include the custody, control, and care of individuals consigned to detention institutions. These responsibilities require that officers maintain safety and security within detention facilities, and aid offenders during times of convalescence (Finney, Stergiopoulos, Hensel, Bonato, & Dewa, 2013). Irrespective of one’s own view...Read more
Human Rights Watch has released a new report on the use of force against inmates with mental illness in U.S. jails and prisons. The independent, non-profit organization works worldwide to promote increased respect for and protection of the human rights of all persons, including those involved with the criminal justice...Read more
When: July 22, 2015 – July 24, 2015 all-day
Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, CO 81632, USA
As the large succession in jail leadership begins, the principles of direct supervision inmate management are being challenged daily. Is this a time of hats and bats and...