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Jail Pro Lesson Summaries

2021 Lesson 11: Caselaw Update


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This lesson provides legal training for jailers and correctional officers through an analysis of three Target Cases answering the following questions: 

  • Under what conditions may jail officials open and inspect an inmate’s legal mail?

  • When can a jailer restrain an inmate in a restraint chair? 

  • What constitutional rights are implicated when using a restraint chair on an inmate?

  • What precautions must a jailer take when an inmate is placed in a restraint chair?

  • Do inmates have a constitutional right to adequate medical care when they present as a risk for suicide?

  • What triggers a jail official’s duty to act to keep the inmate safe from suicide?

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