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NCJ Number: 156843 Find in a Library
Title: Liability for Correctional Officers
Author(s): J Bell
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
National Juvenile Detention Assoc
Richmond, KY 40475
Sale Source: Eastern Kentucky University
Dept of Correctional Training Resource Ctr
202 Perkins Building
Richmond, KY 40475
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video lecture addresses issues that pertain to the potential legal liability of corrections staff who work with juveniles.
Abstract: The video has a lecture format interspersed with visual charts that outline the topics discussed. The lecturer first notes the clash that often occurs between the corrections culture and the legal culture. This is illustrated with the corrections culture's focus on safety and security and the legal culture's focus on privacy rights. These two cultures clash in the strip search, for example. He then explains the nature of a lawsuit, as he focuses on the outcomes of a lawsuit (money award and mandated change of practice) and ways to be sued (individual capacity and official capacity). Lawsuits are further distinguished by whether they focus on the personal liability of an individual without reference to job-related authority and official liability that encompasses an alleged abuse of authority. Legislation and caselaw that relates to corrections civil liability in general and in specific types of incidents are reviewed. The lecturer identifies particular areas of corrections policies and management that have potential for lawsuits; they include strip searches, the administration of psychotropic medications, isolation, restraints, and the characteristics of children in crisis. Other issues discussed pertain to access, programming, training and supervision of employees, environmental conditions, and punishment and due process.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention staff training
Index Term(s): Correctional officer legal training; Juvenile facility management; Legal liability
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