inmate lawsuit

Better Policies & Procedures Can Reduce the Risk of Inmate Lawsuits

Do you worry about the possibility of an inmate lawsuit, a case where the inmate alleges that your agency or facility has violated their constitutional rights? Inmates’ constitutional rights are well discussed, understood, and included in most organization’s policies and procedures. Yet, inmate lawsuits are more prevalent than ever. The Prison Litigation Reform Act, passed…

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In Brief: Expert Testimony vs. Lay Testimony

Expert testimony and lay testimony can both be beneficial to have on your side during litigation in court, but what’s the difference between the two types of testimony? Expert Testimony vs. Lay Testimony The biggest difference between expert testimony and lay testimony is that expert testimony can include types of information not permitted in lay…

inmate gamesmanship

Inmate Gamesmanship – Part 1

Inmate gamesmanship is the topic of our new multi-part blog series. This series is intended to provide valuable insights into the complex relationship – and subtle games at play – between inmates and staff at correctional facilities. We’ve all heard the old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt,” but nowhere is this more evident than within an…

no knock search warrants

No-Knock Search Warrants: The Officer’s Perspective

When considering the use of no-knock search warrants, the requesting officer’s perspective may be different from the perspective of their agency’s administration. The real question is: Should there exist a difference in perspective or should energies be spent in ensuring that all reasonable perspectives are considered in deciding to use no-knock search warrants? In answering this question,…

use of force claims

Use of Force Claims & No-Knock Search Warrants

An ever-growing topic facing police and other law enforcement administrators is the use of no-knock search warrants and whether using these warrants are worth using if they put their agencies at a higher risk for use of force claims. What Are No-Knock Warrants? A no-knock search warrant is defined as “of, relating to, or being…

policies and procedures

Policies and Procedures: Why They Are Must-Haves

Policies and procedures are very important. All well-trained and experienced individuals in corrections and law enforcement know this. Well trained administrators also know that their agencies will be judged directly on how staff conforms to their established policies and procedures. Simply Having Documentation May No Longer Be Enough What you may not know is that…

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Law Enforcement Officers & Narcan

By Bernie Leonard, OSS Expert Witness | Thurs, 25 April 2019 — Many agencies have issued or are considering issuing law enforcement officers Narcan for administration in the event they encounter a person that is suffering from an opioid overdose. In fact, Narcan is extremely effective in cases of opiate overdoses, with little or no…

police misconduct defense and body cameras

Police Misconduct Defense: Are Body Cameras the Key?

By OSS Law Enforcement Advisors Staff | Mon, 22 April 2019 – Do you worry about police misconduct defense and the potential for misconduct allegations against your agency? If so, you aren’t alone. Police misconduct is oftentimes not misconduct at all, but someone attempting to create a defense of their own misconduct, or the misconduct…