Key and Tool Control in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

Key and Tool Control in Juvenile Correctional Facilities 

Few things in the juvenile correctional environment are more important than the control of keys and tools. While tools provide a ready-made source for weapons, keys provide the means for someone to escape, harm others, and move about the facility undetected and in security sensitive areas. Therefore, it is imperative that custodial staff in juvenile detention facilities and other community confinement facilities that house youthful offenders follow procedures for accounting, issuing, and tracking keys and tools to ensure that they remain under the control of staff.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-JFKTC
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2024
Learning Objectives:
List the 3 steps in a typical key control procedure in a juvenile correctional facility.
Identify at least 8 categories of keys in a correctional environment and their purpose.
Recognize at least 3 guidelines for what you should do, and up to 6 guidelines related to things you should not do when handling keys.
Differentiate between the 3 main categories (classes) of tools.
Identify 6-7 guidelines for managing tools within a juvenile correctional facility.

Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Key Control

A. Meet Youth Worker Grabel

B. The Standards

C. A Safety Issue

D. Categories of Keys

E. 3 Steps to Key Control

F. Issuing Keys

G. Tracking Keys on a Key Ring

H. Steps in Key Control

I. Restricted and Emergency Keys

J. Tracking Restricted and Emergency Keys

K. Accounting for Keys

L. Lost and Broken Keys

M. Key Control: The Dos

N. Key Control: The Don’ts

O. Review

P. Summary

Section 3: Tool Control

A. Controlling Tools

B. Tool Inventory

C. Categories of Tools

D. Staff Control of Resident Tool Use

E. Review

F. Basic Tool Control Guidelines

G. Storing Tools

H. Specialty Areas and Tool Control

I. Review

J. Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. References

D. Congratulations!

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.
Expert Reviewer: Debbie Gonzalez

Debbie Gonzalez is a career state employee for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Debbie has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Murray State University. She began her career in 2003 with the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Social Service Worker. Her duties included individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling. She also became certified in juvenile sex offender counseling, substance abuse counseling, and family engagement strategies. While working at a DJJ group home, she served as the grievance officer, assisted in preparing for ACA audits, performed duty officer rotation, covered youth worker shifts when staff was shorthanded, chaired treatment team meetings, conducted initial treatment plan meetings with the youth and his family, and prepared documents and youth for discharge. In 2013, Debbie was promoted to Social Service Clinician.

In 2015, Debbie changed careers and began working for adult corrections. She currently interviews convicted inmates and prepares presentence sex offender risk assessments prior to final sentencing.

Disclosure: Debbie Gonzalez 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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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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