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Policy development

This document was written to serve as suggestions for when jail leaders begin the process of returning jail operations “back to normal”. Emergency response plans, like all policies and procedures must be tailored to the specific facility and available resources.  This includes agencies with multiple facilities, each perhaps with a different design.  COVID-19 presents some different issues to consider in emergency response planning and implementation.  While many practices put in place to enhance safety during this time are similar from county to county and jail to jail, returning jail operations “back to normal” will offer different challenges. 

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Guidelines for the creation of mission statements, policies, and procedures are presented. The contents of this document include: critiques of individual policies for inmate rules and regulations, commissary orders, reporting of maintenance problems, and night lock-up of residents; mission statement -- definition, rationale, and development criteria; policy and procedures -- definitions and rationale; policy and procedure content elements; policy construction criteria; procedure construction criteria; policy and procedure format; sources of policy and procedure topic items; policy and procedure manual contents; and implementation of the policy and procedure manual.

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