Managing Risk in Jails   [open pdf - 831KB]

"Risk affects a jail in the same way that it affects other organizations: by diminishing or enhancing the jail's ability to achieve its mission. The mission of our jail system is to protect the public and maintain a safe environment within the institution consistent with legal requirements and to provide work and other self-improvement activities to reduce the likelihood of recidivism. If jails fail to manage risk, the entire community will potentially be subject to negative consequences, including inmate escape, injury to inmates and jail staff, damage to jail facilities, litigation and liability costs, and an increased likelihood of repeat offenses. [...] It is our hope that this manual will be useful to a broad array of entities that have a stake in effective jail management, including jail administrators and managers, jail supervisors, line staff, risk managers, jail inspectors, funding authorities, and executive authorities. Effective risk management in jails is in our nation's best interest. Nothing less than the safety and well-being of our citizens--inmates and the public at large--is at stake."

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NIC Accession Number 022666
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National Criminal Justice Reference Service: https://www.ncjrs.gov
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