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NCJ Number: 127871 Find in a Library
Title: Managing Risk - South Iowa Area Lawsuit Avoidance Project
Journal: Detention Reporter  Issue:39  Dated:(January 1987)  Pages:3-10
Editor(s): R Miller
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 8
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Lawsuit Avoidance Project of the South Iowa Area Crime Commission is an example of innovation at the local level.
Abstract: Conceived in 1985 as jails in member counties faced increasing liability insurance costs and challenges in Federal court, the project evolved slowly as unmet county needs were analyzed. By the end of 1986, 14 counties had formally joined the project. The Lawsuit Avoidance Project embraces many key principles associated with risk management. Specific project objectives are to improve management accountability, operations, and facilities of county jails; to reduce liability exposure; to minimize lawsuits; and to protect insurability. Risk management services focus on county jail employees, jail operations, legal services, investigative services, and audit services. Key developments developed by the project include a project implementation plan format and a memorandum of agreement between member counties and the South Iowa Area Crime Commission.
Main Term(s): Jail management; Risk management
Index Term(s): Iowa; Lawsuits; Legal liability
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