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Document 031410
Drones and Corrections
corrections.com (San Francisco, CA).
This website is a great resource for recent news about the use of drones to get contraband into prisons and jails by dropping it into exercise yards and other exterior areas. Proposed and current legislation regarding drones is covered, as is use of drones by correctional agencies.... Read More

Document 029790
Personal Safety inside Prison
By ToersBijns, Carl. corrections.com (Scituate, MA).
This article should be necessary reading for all correctional staff and administration. "We are constantly reminded that our prisoners can and do have history of violent behaviors and must never forgo or forget they may turn violent on a moment’s notice due to well planned, spontaneous actions or provoked situations. Critical incidents can turn into lethal situations in seconds and security is necessary to deter such ideas or occurrences daily. The issue of personal safety can be covered by usin... Read More
3 pages
Document 029710
Equipment and Technology Research on Body-Worn Cameras and Law Enforcement
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC).
"To date, little research is available to help law enforcement executives decide whether and how to implement the use of body-worn cameras in their departments." This website provides access to information that will help in making these decisions. Topics discussed on this website are organized according to: research on body-worn cameras and law enforcement; ongoing NIJ-funded research on body-worn cameras; Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement; market survey of body-worn cameras for cr... Read More

Document 029899
Nation's Highest Court Weighs Correctional Security and Religious Freedom
By Schultz, Eric.
"On Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, the second day of the Supreme Court’s 2014 term, the justices heard oral arguments in the case of Holt v. Hobbs, with important implications for corrections. At question in the case was whether or not the Arkansas Department of Correction’s (ADC) no-beard policy violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and whether the half-inch beard requested by inmate Gregory Houston Holt sufficiently satisfies the department’s security goals" (p. 64... Read More

5 pages
Document 029715
Police Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs)
By AELE Legal Staff, compilers. Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE). Evidence Preservation Information Center (EPIC) (Chicago, IL).
If you want a great source for information body-worn cameras (BWC's), then this is the place. Links are organized according to: model and specimen policies; reports and studies; legislation and interpretations; general litigation; privacy issues; Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and litigation; training documents; scholarly articles; disciplinary actions; eavesdropping laws; and selected links.... Read More

Document 029936
Prisoners, Parolees, Sex Offenders, Computers, and the Internet
Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) Law Enforcement Legal Center (Chicago, IL).
This two-part series discussing issues and developments in the use of information technologies by inmates and offenders in the community. Part 1 looks at: the problems in general; access to computers; information from the internet; and the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) used by federal prisons. Part 2 looks at supervised Internet access; cell phones and the Internet; parolees and the Internet; sex offenders and the Internet; and some suggestions for allowing limited electro... Read More

19 pages
Document 029935
Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Assessment Report
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (Washington, DC). Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWARSYSCEN). Advanced Technology and Assessments Branch (North Charleston, SC); U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) (Washington, DC).
Correctional agencies will find this information very valuable. "The purpose of this assessment was to obtain information on body-worn video cameras that will be useful in making operational and procurement decisions. The activities associated with this assessment were based on recommendations from a focus group of emergency responders with experience using body-worn video cameras" (p. vi). Evaluation criteria consisted of affordability, capability, deployability, maintainability, and usability.... Read More

47 pages
Document 029928
Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop
By Silberglitt, Richard; Chow, Brian G.; Hollywood, John S.; Woods, Dulani; Zaydman, Mikhail; Jackson, Brian A.. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC). Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative (Gaithersburg, MD); RAND Corp. Safety and Justice Program (Santa Monica, CA); Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) (Washington, DC); RTI International (Research Triangle Park, NC); University of Denver (Denver, CO).
"This report describes the results of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which was held at RAND's Washington Office in Arlington, Virginia, from July 22 to 25, 2014. The objective of this workshop was to identify high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement over a ten- to 20-year time period." Five chapters comprise this report: introduction; methodology; future law enforcement scenarios—cur... Read More

102 pages
Document 029961
Body-Worn Camera Toolkit
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC).
"This toolkit is a comprehensive clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program in an effort to strengthen community trust and confidence in the justice system and improve officer and community safety." Each entry point begins with a description of that section and a video from the series "Subject Matter Experts Share". Points of entry to this website are: getting started—"Toolkit Welcome Message" from Denise O'Donnell , implem... Read More

Document 028180
Through-the-Wall Sensors for Law Enforcement: Best Practices, Version 1.0
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). ManTech Advanced Systems, Inc. (Fairmont, WV); National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) (Gaithersburg, MD).
"This report provides advice, tactics and information related to the use of TTWS [through-the-wall sensor] in operation¬al settings. The information provides law enforcement individuals and organizations with a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of available TTWS equipment. When put into practice, an agency can make the most of the technology and improve the out¬come and safety of operational scenarios in which it is deployed. The best practices report focuses on the use of... Read More
19 pages
Document 028086
Civil Liability for the Use of Neck Restraints
Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) Law Enforcement Legal Center (Chicago, IL) .
Neck restraints are a valuable but sometimes still controversial procedure for the use of force by police officers and correctional personnel … It is a procedure that is useful when police or correctional officers are in close proximity with suspects or prisoners. While it can be very effective, it requires motor skills training, and attempts at such holds without proper training can turn an improperly applied hold into an air choke. This is especially the case when a subject attempts to resist ... Read More
17 pages
Document 028182
Body-Worn Cameras for Criminal Justice: Market Survey, Version 1.0
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). ManTech Advanced Systems International (Fairmont, WV); National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) (Gaithersburg, MD).
"The use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by criminal justice practitioners (e.g., patrol, corrections, SWAT and other tactical responders) offers potential advantages in keeping officers safe, enabling situational awareness, improving community relations and accountability, and providing evidence for trial. These products are also sometimes called officer-worn or wearable cameras. In the last couple of years, there has been a dramatic increase in the criminal justice use, public and media attention ... Read More
34 pages
Document 029528
Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence
By White, Michael D.. Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center (Washington, DC). Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) (Washington, DC); Booz Allen Hamilton (Greenwood Village, CO); Institute for Intergovernmental Research and Center for Naval Analyses.
"Although advocates and critics have made numerous claims regarding body-worn cameras, there have been few balanced discussions of the benefits and problems associated with the technology and even fewer discussions of the empirical evidence supporting or refuting those claims. This publication provides a review of the available evidence on officer body-worn cameras. The goal is to provide a comprehensive resource that will help law enforcement agencies to understand the factors they should consi... Read More
60 pages
Document 029566
Holidays Are Dangerous Times Within Correctional Facilities
By Sturgeon, William. corrections.com (Scituate, MA).
This is essential reading for anyone working within a correctional setting. "In today’s world, criminal justice personnel not only have the “Dangers and Challenges” that are normally associated with the “Holidays”, they now have to factor in the possibility of terrorist activities directed at them and their facilities" (p. 1). Sections offer clear explanations for the following crucial preparations: correctional law enforcement and court facilities should be extra vigilant at the perimeters of t... Read More

3 pages
Document 029644
Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Recommendations and Lessons Learned
By Miller, Lindsay; Toliver, Jessica. U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) (Washington, DC). Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) (Washington, DC).
"The recent emergence of body-worn cameras has already had an impact on policing, and this impact will only increase as more agencies adopt this technology. The decision to implement body-worn cameras should not be entered into lightly. Once an agency goes down the road of deploying body-worn cameras—and once the public comes to expect the availability of video records—it will become increasingly difficult to have second thoughts or to scale back a body-worn camera program … Body-worn cameras ca... Read More
92 pages
Document 027195
Standoff Through the Wall Imaging Sensor User Evaluation, FCC Certification and Performance Improvement|Final Report Revision
National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). AKELA (Santa Barbara, CA).
Efforts to get FCC approval for the ASTIR (AKELA Standoff Through-the-Wall Imaging Radar) system to operate between 500 MHz and 2000 MHz is reported. Also covered is the AKELA user test and evaluation of the NIJ ASTIR system. Sections following the executive summary include: background; introduction; technical approach; FCC ASTIR Certification; user evaluation testing at Los Angeles Sheriff Department Castaic site; NIJ ASTIR COE ManTech test training; conclusions; and recommendations. ASTIR will... Read More
36 pages
Document 027213
Compact, Low-Cost Body Cavity Screening Device
By Magnuson, Erik. National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). Quantum Magnetics, Inc. (Santa Ana, CA).
“Electric field tomography (EFT) was investigated as a method for developing a low-cost, non-invasive body cavity screening device” (p. 2). Such a tool will make it easier for correctional agencies to perform cavity searches in a more effective manner. This report describes the successful development of a multi-frequency EFT laboratory prototype system. Sections following an abstract include: executive summary; survey of correctional facilities—contraband items in the corrections environment, th... Read More
54 pages
Document 027718
How Cloud Computing and Storage Improves Forensics and Investigations
By Meyer, Claire.
“Cloud computing has been the buzzword of the security industry for half a decade, but how much do we understand about it, and how much is just hype?” This article answers these questions. Topics discussed include: what cloud computing is; the use of cloud-based security systems; cost-cutting and accountability; and data storage. ““The cloud enables simple, easy, common settings that people can access and understand,” says Craft [Senior Director of Cloud Platform Strategy for Microsoft]. “Going ... Read More
4 pages
Document 020823
Third Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Findings from a ballistic and mechanical properties test of 103 used Zylon-containing body armor are presented. This report contains the following sections: executive summary; supplemental results from Phase I testing; Phase II testing results; results of Phase I and II ballistic testing; applied research; compliance testing process review and modifications; summary; complete results of Phase I (Worst Case) P-BFS test; Phase I (Worst Case) ballistic limit and tensile strength test results; re... Read More
43 p.
Document 011356
New Approaches to Staff Safety
By Thornton, Robert L.; Schweer, Ronald G.; Barton, Joe S.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Key staff safety training issues for community corrections agencies are discussed. This manual addresses:
  • Use-of-force continuum;
  • Crisis prevention;
  • Self defense and physical fitness;
  • Oleoresin capsicum;
  • Body protection;
  • Safety in the office;
  • Protection from disasters;
  • Arrest, search, and seizure;
  • Field work;
  • Canine considerations;
  • Scenario training;
  • And critical incidents.
Appendixes include: a model protocol for criti... Read More
130 p.
Document 014596
Staff Victimization
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (Washington, DC).
Objectives of this 2-hour broadcast held on March 25, 1998 are to create and improve staff victimization policies, procedures, and programs and to identify resources for developing staff victimization programs and prevention strategies. The panel discusses the following topics:
  • Recognizing and understanding staff victimization,
  • Core components of staff victimization,
  • Levels of victimization,
  • Creating and improving victimization programs, practices and strategies for victim servic... Read More
1 DVD (120 min.)
Document 014382
Volunteer Orientation for Frequent and Regular Volunteers: Trainer's Guide
By Jacobsen, Vic. National Institute of Corrections Academy. Western Regional Field Coordinators (N.P.).
Designed to provide volunteers with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful within the institution, this training curriculum covers various topics, including the volunteer code of conduct, contraband and security, Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, personal safety, and facility tour and job orientation. The training runs for approximately eight hours. The curriculum package consists of lesson plans accompanied by some text of overhead transparencies.... Read More
60 p.
Document 003973
Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting [January 22-24, 1995, Longmont, Colorado]
National Institute of Corrections Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
Jail administrators, recognizing the serious problems caused by gang members held in local jails, focused exclusively on the issue of gangs in jails at this meeting. Presentations centered on the following issues: identification of gang members; housing policies; relationship of gang activity to inmate services and programs; and how to address gang activity through intergovernmental cooperation. All participants expressed support for a "zero tolerance" policy in dealing with gangs in local jails... Read More
57 p.
Document 012207
Safety Awareness Workbook: Anticipating, Identifying, and Resolving the Potential Victimization of Probation and Parole Officers
By Kipp, Richard A.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Lehigh County Adult Probation and Parole (Allentown, PA).
This workbook discusses worker safety issues in probation and parole. Officers' mental attitudes and use of force are addressed. General indications of drug use by clients, signs of aggression, possible resistance or attack, discussion of mental health issues, and general warning signs related to sex offenders are discussed. Finally, safety tactics, such as light conditions, building design, and vehicle considerations are discussed as they relate to officer safety.... Read More
88 p.
Document 012769
Prison Security: Security Tips Checklists
By Milosovich, John T.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
These security tips checklists were compiled from prison security training seminars conducted through the National Institute of Corrections. Topics addressed include: security audits, facility planning, technology, post analysis, staff recruitment, programming, security threat groups, continuum of force, supermax institutions and emergency preparedness. The appendices include lists of crisis indicators, emergency response resources, benefits of good security, and consequences of poor security.... Read More
47 p.
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