NSA's Center for Public Safety

Public Safety

Duty to Protect

Seminar Description

It is commonly accepted knowledge that jail officials have an affirmative duty under the 8th Amendment to protect those persons who are confined in their facilities. This duty, as defined by the courts, extends not only to protection from other prisoners but also protection from self and from staff. As interpreted by the United States Supreme Court, the cruel and unusual clause of the 8th Amendment requires that jail officials take reasonable measures to guarantee the safety of prisoners.
This mandate from the court covers a broad range of jail issues including suicide, use of force, medical, classification, fire/life safety and overall conditions of confinement. This training seminar will delve into various aspects of the duty to protect from both legal and operational perspectives. A comprehensive update on 8th Amendment requirements will focus on practical procedural applications in the jail setting. Instruction will focus on why the affirmative duty to protect exists and how jail officials can satisfy that affirmative duty in the jail setting.

Seminar Instructors

Gary DeLand, Executive Director of the Utah Sheriffs’ Assn. and President of DeLand and Associates, Inc.
Mike Haley, Ph.D., has been a corrections practitioner at both the local and state levels for more than 35 years.


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