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NCJ Number: 50678 Find in a Library
Title: JAILS - PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS? (FROM INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS AND THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, 12TH ANNUAL INTERAGENCY WORKSHOP - PROCEEDINGS, 1977 SEE NCJ-50660)
Author(s): G VAN CLEAVE
Corporate Author: Sam Houston State University
Criminal Justice Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77340
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE EXPERIENCE OF TEXAS IN SETTING JAIL STANDARDS AND TRYING TO IMPLEMENT THEM IS DESCRIBED, AND SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR DEALING WITH JAIL PROBLEMS ARE OFFERED.
Abstract: JAIL STANDARDS ESTABLISHING CRITERIA FOR FACILITIES AND OPERATIONS OF TEXAS JAILS WERE FORMULATED IN 1957. FAILURE TO DELINEATE AND FUND ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES PREVENTED THE STANDARDS FROM EFFECTING SIGNIFICANT CHANGE, UNTIL THE PRESSURE OF LAW SUITS INITIATED UNDER FEDERAL COURT DECISIONS LED TO THE CREATION IN 1975 OF THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON JAIL STANDARDS. THE COMMISSION WAS ASSIGNED THE DUAL PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING MINIMUM STANDARDS AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE FOR IMPLEMENTING STANDARDS. ONE PROCEDURE INSTITUTED BY THE COMMISSION REQUIRES THAT ARCHITECTS SUBMIT PLANS FOR JAILS TO COMMISSION STAFF FOR APPROVAL, ALONG WITH A TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR OPERATIONS, SUPPLIED BY THE JAIL MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL. IT IS REQUIRED THAT JAILS PROVIDE FOR SEGREGATION OF INMATES, NOT ONLY ACCORDING TO SEX, BUT ACCORDING TO INMATE BEHAVIOR PATTERNS. ALSO, HIGHER PAY AND INCREASED AND MORE EFFECTIVE TRAINING ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO OPERATE JAILS. IT IS FURTHER ADVISED THAT THE JAIL POPULATION AT ANY GIVEN TIME COULD BE REDUCED THROUGH INCREASED EFFICIENCY IN COURT PROCESSING SUCH THAT PRETRIAL JAIL DETENTION TIME COULD BE REDUCED. LONG-RANGE COOPERATIVE PLANNING BETWEEN THE VARIOUS CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES IS SUGGESTED AS ESSENTIAL IN CONTROLLING THE MANY INFLUENCES THAT AFFECT THE QUALITY OF JAIL CONDITIONS AND SERVICES. REHABILITATION TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE INMATE AND ADEQUATE SECURITY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM CRIMINAL THREATS ARE CITED AS THE MAJOR PRIORITIES OF JAIL OPERATIONS. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Jails; Planning; Reform; Standards; Texas
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