Jail policies and procedures
“This Quick Guide will help agencies and facilities develop a comprehensive response to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inmates. It is not meant to provide an answer to every question or an in-depth discussion of all issues that agencies face or that the LGBTI population faces while in custody. It provides an overview of the important issues that agencies should consider when working to house and treat LGBTI inmates in a way that is safe and consistent with an agency’s mission, values, and security guidelines … This Quick Guide is organized chronologically according to the decisions an agency will have to make before and at the point when an LGBTI individual enters the system. These areas of focus include: Assessment of Agency Culture (as relates to LGBTI individuals); Assessment of Agency Staff and Administration Knowledge and Attitudes; Examination of Current Relevant Agency Norms; Development and Implementation Mechanisms; Development of Awareness of Current Legal Responsibilities; Foundational Issues; Intake Screening/Risk Assessment; Classification and Housing Placement; Medical and Mental Health Care; Information Management; Group Inmate Management; Specific Safety and Privacy Concerns for Transgender and Intersex Inmates; and Staff, Volunteer, and Contractor Training Requirements” (p. 1).
The NIC Jails Division's services include training, networks, technical assistance, and information resources, such as documents and DVDs. These services are conducted under five initiatives.
We provide training on key elements in jail administration, jail resource management, and building a productive relationship between jail officials and their funding authority. We also sponsor a peer-training network for large jail administrators, including meetings and an online discussion forum. Technical assistance and information resources cover a wide range of jail administration and operational issues.
Inmate Behavior Management
We provide training, technical assistance, and information resources on the design and operation of direct supervision jails and on key elements in managing inmate behavior in all types of jails. These key elements include assessing inmates’ risks and needs (classification), assigning inmates to housing, meeting inmates’ basic needs, setting and conveying behavioral expectations, supervising inmates, and keeping inmates productively occupied.
New Jail Planning
We provide training, technical assistance, and information resources on all phases of new-jail planning.
Jail Standards and Inspection
We provide training for jail inspectors, a peer-training network for chief jail inspectors, information resources on standards and inspection, and related technical assistance.
Crisis Intervention Teams
We provide training to help local jurisdictions learn the core elements of CITs and assess agency readiness to start a CIT.
Division Chief: Stephen Amos
This collection is comprised of a training program and an agency policy regarding the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex inmates. "Course Name: L.G.B.T. Awareness" by B. Galindez. "Cultural Diversity/Awareness is essential in terms of adapting to changes and the morphing of all human traits and values. Acceptance and / or tolerance are key elements when the pursuit of cohesion is the overall goal. Lesson Objectives: 1. Student will be able to identify alternate lifestyles; 2. Student will be able to identify alternative lifestyle definitions; 3. Student will be able to identify custodial issues regarding alternative lifestyle arrests; 4. Student will be able to identify Departmental Policy regarding Discrimination / Harassment; [and] 5. Student will become familiar with Lawrence vs. Texas" (p. 4). Included are a lesson plan, PowerPoint slides, pretest and key, handout, final exam and key, and a handout. "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex, (L.G.B.T.I.)", HCSO Policy # 413. “This Order provides guidelines for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) to follow in order to meet federal statutes and regulations, American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards, National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) standards, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), and other Texas standards, statutes, regulations, guidelines, directives, or requirements that: A. Facilitate the elimination of discrimination against; and B. Address the appropriate classification, housing and treatment of; and C. Provide for the specific safety, security and medical needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) inmates in a humane and respectful manner while maintaining the safety, security and good order of all HCSO facilities; and D. Establish sanctions for any violation of this policy” (p. 1).
This policy intends “to develop a written institutional plan to coordinate actions taken in response to an incident of sexual abuse, among staff first responders, medical and mental health staff, investigators, and facility leadership” (p. 1). Procedures cover: general issues related to sexual abuse and sexual harassment; training and education; reporting; screening for risk; medical and mental care; investigations; discipline; and data collection and review.