Start Date: 3/10/2021 2:00 PM EST
End Date: 3/10/2021 3:00 PM EST
American Jail Association
The Emerging Role of Independent Civilian Oversight of Jails
March 10, 2021
This panel discusses independent civilian oversight, the status of accountability and transparency in jails, how jails can be more open to the community they serve, and the challenges and benefits of a formal oversight.
“Civilian oversight of law enforcement” almost exclusively applies to the patrol aspect of law enforcement and the investigative aspects of policing. But how does it apply to jails?
Although fewer than 20 jails have any independent oversight, the current public demand for accountability and transparency indicates that more jails will likely face civilian oversight in the future. Civilian oversight often implies a certain degree of transparency and accountability—which can be beneficial. This type of oversight can also assist jails by highlighting the needs of custody deputies as well as helping to adopt accepted practices, evaluate data, and improve their systems and operations.
This webinar provides:
Elias A. Diggins, MPA, CJM, CCE,
- A brief overview of the history and trends of independent civilian oversight in law enforcement and jails.
- A review of why oversight initiatives begin and then grow.
- A description of how jails can benefit from civilian oversight
- A discussion of how jails can be more open and accountable to the public they serve.
Sheriff, Denver Sheriff Department
Retired Sheriff of Travis County (Texas), Vice President of the National
Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
National Advocacy Director, Just Detention International
Susan W. McCampbell, CJM,
President, Center for Innovative Public Policies, Inc.