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Avoiding Liability in the Jail and Cultural Diversity in the Jail

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Avoiding Liability for Jail Staff
Class Description: This seminar focuses on methods of reducing civil liability (litigation) for jail staff. A
concise review of inmate rights under the United States Constitution will be presented as well as recent
court decisions that reflect the current trends of the courts. Discussions will illustrate how responsible jail
staff actions can reduce their liability in lawsuits. The material will be presented from a practitioner’s
perspective, which emphasizes proper action at both the mid-level managers and line staff levels. Being
sued by inmates is an occupational hazard. Staff must learn practical, common-sense ways to prevent
lawsuits as much as possible. In addition, a state code update will be included.

Cultural Diversity for Jail Staff (2 hours)
Class Description: Like the general population, the inmate population in the local jail is a ‘melting pot’ of
different ethnic groups and minorities. It is important that the jail officer and staff respect this diversity and
conduct themselves professionally. Bigotry and racial stereotyping have no place in the jail. This class will
discuss cultural diversity among inmates, how the jail staff can have a good relationship with these inmates,
avoid bigotry, and earn the inmates’ respect. Reducing racial tension, avoiding racial profiling, and deescalating tensions will also be discussed.

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