Managing Inmates and Juveniles who Require Accommodations for Disabilities

Managing Inmates and Juveniles who Require Accommodations for Disabilities 

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.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training

1.25 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.

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-MIJRAD
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/1/2024
Learning Objectives:
Define a disability according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Describe who qualifies as having a disability under the ADA.
Describe up to 6 considerations for managing and accommodating individuals in custody under the ADA.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

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


ADA Coordinator

Who is Protected Under the ADA in a Correctional Facility?

Temporary Conditions

ADA and Correctional Facilities


Reasonable Accommodations

Requesting an Accommodation



Section 3: Correctional Staff Responsibilities Under the ADA

The Importance of Compliance

Remedies Available

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

Provide Protection



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributors




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.
Instructor: Robert Hood
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.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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