Start Date: 10/7/2020 2:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/7/2020 3:00 PM EDT
American Jail Association
Webinar: OCT 07, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Tom Dart, Sheriff, Cook County, Illinois
Jane B. Gubser PSY.D., Executive Direct of DOC Programs, Cook County, Illinois
The Cook County Jail in Illinois is one of the largest jails in the country. Join us as Sheriff Tom Dart shares the jail’s multi-layered approach to fighting the coronavirus that resulted in a staggering drop of cases among detainees, from 623 in early April to less than 20 through the end of August. Some best practices were established in the playbook that can be used on their own or in combination with other practices in jails across the country. There is no “one size fits all” plan to contain or control a global pandemic. Learn the critical elements that helped Cook County reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the jail and sustain the lowest numbers possible even as the inmate population increases.
1. Setting up your Incident Command Center to serve as the single location for answering questions and concerns, and for communicating information.
2. Evaluating space and identifying potential areas to repurpose for increased social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
3. Using daily communication to ease stress and as a platform for communicating health and wellness information to keep employees safe.
4. Establishing and successfully partnering with a local health organization for on-site employee testing.
5. Reducing tensions inside a jail during a pandemic by safely resuming social visits for detainees.