Magazine article Corrections Forum

Helping to Prevent In-Custody Deaths: New Video for Jail Personnel

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Helping to Prevent In-Custody Deaths: New Video for Jail Personnel

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e National Institute of Justice's

(N1J's) Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC) and the National Institute of Corrections will soon have available a new informational videotape on preventing in-custody deaths related to positional asphyxia.

Targeted to the many smaller county and municipal jail facilities throughout the United States, this videotape highlights the correct procedures to use when restraining a violent prisoner, as well as the safety precautions to follow to help jail personnel prevent medical problems. "This video not only provides jail personnel information about why and how positional asphyxia occurs, but also offers suggestions and recommendations that can help reduce the potential of in-custody death," says Bill Chard, OLETC manager of support services and videotape project manager. The video, Chard states, details such precautions as: Never leave a fully restrained prisoner on his stomach for any length of time.

Never sit on a prisoner's back while restraining him. Always keep a fully restrained prisoner under continual observation. Obtain medical

assistance as soon as

possible if a medical problem of any kind is suspected. …

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