Correctional facilities are responsible for the well-being of individuals in custody. This includes individuals who have a physical and/or mental disability. According to a report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 32% of prisoners and 40% of those in jails had at least 1 disability (Bronson et al., 2015). To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), detention and correctional facilities are required to make their programs, services, and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities unless they can prove that accommodating the needs of the individual are unduly burdensome or too costly, extensive, or disruptive. This course will provide an overview of the ADA, including the disabilities covered by the Act. You will also explore considerations for supervising individuals in custody identified as having a disability.
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.
This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.25 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The ADA and Corrections
Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Main Premise of the ADA
Programs and Activities Subject to ADA in Facilities
Definition of Disability Under the ADA
What Constitutes a Physical or Mental Disability
Who is Protected Under the ADA in a Correctional Facility?
ADA and Correctional Facilities
Requesting an Accommodation
Section 3: Correctional Staff Responsibilities Under the ADA
The Importance of Compliance
What to Expect
Considerations for Managing Individuals in Custody under the ADA
Follow Policy and Procedure
Honor and Abide by the Special Directives
Refer Requests for Accommodations
Report Maintenance Issues
Complete Required Documentation
Section 4: Conclusion
Instructor: Robert Hood
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Lt. Robert L. Hood began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 2004 as a corrections officer. He was duly promoted to Corrections Sergeant in 2009 and then to Corrections Lieutenant in 2012. He worked his way through college where he received his AAS degree from Jefferson State Community College in 2009 and his BS degree from Troy University in 2011. Most recently he completed the National Jail Leadership Command Academy Class #17 at Sam Houston State University and passed the Certified Jail Manager (CJM) examination given by the American Jail Association (AJA). Lt. Hood was recognized nationally by the AJA in January of 2016 as one of The Top 35 under 35. Lt. Hood is an FBI trained instructor in several disciplines related to corrections. Lt. Hood has instructed classes for a 2-week Jail Management School through the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy for the last 9 years. Lt. Hood was elected to be on the American Jail Association Board of Directors in 2018. Lt. Hood currently holds the position of 2nd Vice-President of the Alabama Jail Association. Disclosure: Robert Hood has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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