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.
This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 2.25 STC credit hours.
This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.25 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707
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
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
Section 5: Conclusion
B. Course Contributors
E. Brain Sparks
Linda L. Bryant is a veteran public safety official and legal expert. She has served on her state’s parole board and as Deputy Attorney General responsible for overseeing the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Division. She also served as Assistant Superintendent of a mega-jail housing special management inmates, during which time she became an AJA Certified Jail Manager. She also served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. She has been an Adjunct Professor at the College of William and Mary law school and Norfolk State University. She has also consulted and trained for Lexipol, the American Jail Association, and various public safety agencies in the U.S. She is currently a judge in Virginia. Disclosure: Linda L. Bryant, J.D., M.B.A. has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
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 no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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