Offender Rights Part 4: Religion, Communication, and Searches

Offender Rights Part 4: Religion, Communication, and Searches 

Despite their incarceration, offenders do retain some of their constitutional rights. As a correctional or jail officer, you must remember that you represent the government, and it is your duty to protect the rights of individuals under your supervision. Two key areas of rights are found in the 1st and 4th Amendments. The 1st Amendment is the source of rights for freedom of speech (as it relates to communication) and religion, and the 4th Amendment is the source of the right to be free from unreasonable searches. To what extent offenders retain these rights is the focus of this course.


Hours: 2.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

California Board of State and Community Corrections

2.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 2.25 STC credit hours.

American Jail Association Certification

2.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

2.25 HOURS

This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.25 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6104

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-OR4-V2
Hours: 2.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Identify 4 key points related to freedom of religion rights for persons who are incarcerated.
Discuss 5 types of communication protected under the 1st Amendment and when each can be restricted in a correctional environment.
Discuss 4 types of searches and when they can be conducted on detainees/inmates, visitors, and employees within a correctional environment.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Religion A. What Do You Think? B. The First Amendment and Religion C. What Is a Religion? D. Exercising Religious Beliefs E. Key Court Cases and Acts F. Key Points Related to Freedom of Religion G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Communication A. Types of Communication Protected B. Visits with Family and Friends C. Attorney Visits D. Offender Mail and the 1st Amendment E. Incoming Publications F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Searches A. The 4th Amendment and Searches B. Types of Searches in The Correctional Environment C. Searches of Visitors D. Searches of Staff E. Gender Appropriate Searches F. Review G. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. References D. Exam E. Brain Sparks

Expert Reviewer: Linda L. Bryant, J.D., Sworn Jail Officer
Linda L. Bryant, J.D. is veteran public safety official and legal expert. She served as the Deputy Attorney General for Virginia for Criminal Justice and Public Safety where she supervised a team of over 80 attorneys who represented the state's public safety agencies in state and federal courts. She and her team provided legal advice on public safety matters and policy development to the Governor of Virginia, the Secretary of Public Safety, all public safety agencies and the state legislature. Her duties also included providing legal advice to and overseeing all litigation against the state Department of Corrections. She also served for nearly 18 years as a state prosecutor, where she prosecuted thousands of cases focusing her efforts on violent crime, serving as lead trial attorney on over 40 murder cases. During that time she also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary law school. She also served on the Working Group that developed the "21st Century Principles of Prosecution, Peace Officer Use of Force Project" for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Ms. Bryant is currently the Assistant Superintendent and Compliance Attorney at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, a jail with an average daily population of approximately 1100 inmates. The jail houses special needs inmates to include those with serious medical and mental health concerns. Disclosure: Linda L. Bryant, J.D., Sworn Jail Officer has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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