Keeping Your Detention Facilities Out of the Ditches and on the Right Path

Keeping Your Detention Facilities Out of the Ditches and on the Right Path
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2023-07-18
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: Keeping Your Detention Facilities Out of the Ditches and on the Right Path
Unit 2 Transcript: Keeping Your Detention Facilities Out of the Ditches and on the Right Path
Unit 3 Workbook: Keeping Your Detention Facilities Out of the Ditches and on the Right Path
Unit 4 Recording: Keeping Your Detention Facilities Out of the Ditches and on the Right Path

In the corrections and correctional health care setting, outcomes are important – for the inmates, the staff members, and the facility as a whole. Jim Martin has identified the Pathway to Success for these settings and shares how self-assessments, education, certification, accreditation, and regular monitoring can result in the goals of gaining voluntary compliance and doing no harm.

Jim Martin is the Chief Operating Officer for Physician Correctional, USA, a correctional healthcare company championing evidence-based practices in healthcare. Jim has 23 years of experience in law enforcement and corrections.

Specifics of his presentation covered:

  • The goals for law enforcement, corrections, and correctional healthcare and how these operate under nationally-recognized standards.
  • The parameters law enforcement, corrections, and correctional healthcare operate in.
  • How neglect and the smallest bad decisions can lead to negative outcomes and all the segments impacted by these.
  • The importance of utilizing mistakes as learning opportunities by looking at barriers, areas of concern, resources and the stakeholders, and celebrating and building on success.
  • The most common challenges faced in the corrections setting through inexperienced staffing, and lack of funding, training and understanding of standards.
  • The five pathways to success for the corrections and correctional healthcare.
  • Self-assessment: Determining its goals, factors to take into account, what it looks into, and using existing policies as the basis for this.
  • Education: How it benefits the organization and the individual, selecting who gets training opportunities, and leveraging these individuals to train others.
  • Certification: Managing its cost, what it signifies, and its value to the individual and the agency.
  • Accreditation: The benefits of developing an accreditation lifestyle in terms of processes, legalities, liabilities, staff morale, and community support.
  • Monitoring: How it is conducted and who conducts it, its purpose, and its benefits for the facility.
  • The difference in approach between reactive and proactive leaders, and how combining these two creates a likewise effective type – the active leader.
  • References to look into and agencies that provide education, certification, and accreditation for corrections and correctional health entities.

Pointed raised during the Q&A are about:

  • Who should conduct or be involved in the self-assessment.
  • Training young correction officers.
  • Pursuing accreditation while under a consent decree.
  • The cost of accreditation.
  • Using jail management systems to capture data needed for monitoring.


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Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “That management should ask the line worker for input.” — Atanza
  • “Review of policy and procedures to insure it is consistent with actual practices.” — Daniel
  • “The five opportunities for success, especially more in-depth of description in self-assessment and educating our staff.” — Francisca
  • “Excellent Info.” — Robert
  • “Re-emphasis on checking and evaluating our systems on a regular basis.” — Shawn
  • “Identifying Areas for improvement, education, and training. Considering (5) opportunities for the pathways to success.” — SUZETTE
  • “Let your policy reflect your practice and invest in accreditation. “I would rather spend $5,000 on accreditation than $5 million on a lawsuit.” — Yetunde




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The American Jail Association (AJA) is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our Nation’s jails. It is the only national association that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities. The driving force behind the phenomenal growth of AJA is its members. AJA has taken a leadership role in developing the type of programs that promote the professional growth of the dedicated men and women who operate our Nation’s jails.  Jail staff have the responsibility for the management of people who have been charged with violating our laws and often mock the ideals on which AJA was founded. Jail personnel find themselves sorely tested each day in the jail environment when they receive scorn and derision for their loyalty and perseverance under extremely trying circumstances.  AJA takes this opportunity to salute the jail staff of the Nation who, by their dedication to the difficult task of local corrections, have made a vital, positive difference to the welfare of the communities they serve.  Click here to learn more about AJA. 



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