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Manipulating the System: How Inmates Get Ahead

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Target Audience: all jail staff, civilian and sworn, who interact with jail inmates, including volunteers

Class Description: Jail correctional officers and deputies work inside facilities where operations are governed by policies and procedures. These are systems such as security systems, communications systems and inmate service systems. They are designed to keep inmates safely confined, the staff, inmates and public safe and to ensure that inmates receive necessary services. Much time and effort is devoted to training and supervision, to make sure that these systems work. Inmates will attempt to circumvent these systems and create cracks in the security network, using new staff inexperience, public opinion and current events-such as COVID-19, against us. While jail officers may think, operations are running smoothly, inmates devise ways of fooling staff and doing time their way. The inmate’s main tool is manipulation, through many techniques-sex, greed and sympathy. This in service course will discuss ways that staff can combat this, learn how inmates ‘do time’; learn to resist inmate manipulation and how not to not cross professional boundaries.

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