Sabot’s Criminal Justice Services:

  • Assess the existing Americans with Disabilities Act program, if any, to help ensure it satisfies legal standards for the existing inmate population and will continue to meet minimum legal standards for the prospective long-term inmate population. Areas to be assessed include appropriate screening and self-identification tools for sight, hearing, speaking, mobility, and effective communication issues; ADA compliant facilities such as paths of travel, ADA compliant showers, ADA compliant cells and cell doors for wheelchair-bound inmates; access to programs; alternative forms for medical, mental health, dental, due process for learning-impaired inmates and non-English speakers; an ADA grievance/appeals procedure with adequately trained staff and proper response time; and a robust system-wide ADA compliance tracking system.
  • Assess the existing mental health delivery system to help ensure that the prison/jail system meets minimum constitutional standards for the existing inmate population, but will also meet minimum constitutional standards for the prospective long-term inmate population. Areas to be assessed include the use of appropriate mental health screening tools and the screening process, timely access to mental health care, appropriate housing, staffing levels, staff vacancies, the types and quality of programs that are available to mentally ill inmates, treatment matching, availability of mental health crisis beds, suicide prevention and response policy, quality of care, peer review process, discharge planning process, adequacy of independent self-monitoring and internal compliance process, victimization issues, medication management, and the pharmacy program.
  • Assess the existing medical care delivery system to help ensure that the prison/jail system not only meets minimum constitutional standards for the existing inmate population, but will also meet minimum constitutional standards for the prospective long-term inmate population. Areas to be assessed include appropriate medical screening processes, timely access to medical care, access to appropriate medications, MRSA, cleanliness and adequacy of onsite medical clinic space, sick call, emergency room visits, specialty care, hospital inpatient care, chronic care clinics, medical records maintenance, staffing levels, staff vacancies, quality of treatment, peer review system, adequacy of computerized, networked tracking systems, transportation and security issues, adequacy of internal self-monitoring and compliance process including but not limited to continuous quality improvement and quality assurance.
  • Assess the existing dental care delivery system to help ensure that the prison/jail system not only meets minimum constitutional standards for the existing jail population, but will also meet minimum constitutional standards for the prospective long-term inmate population. Areas to be assessed include an appropriate dental screening program, timely access to dental care, dental appointment system, access to appropriate medications, adequacy and cleanliness of onsite dental facilities, staffing levels, staff vacancies, dental record maintenance, quality of dental care, peer review process, adequacy of the internal self-monitoring and compliance process.
  • Assess the existing program for the developmentally disabled population to help ensure that the system not only meets minimum constitutional standards for the existing prison/jail population, but will also meet minimum constitutional standards for the prospective long-term inmate population. Areas to be assessed include an appropriate screening process and the use of the appropriate screening tools, access to programs, classification and housing to prevent victimization of the profoundly mentally retarded, proper accommodations and prompts for those who are unable to care for themselves, access to education, staff assistance with grievances, medical appointments, legal issues, etc., staff training to recognize inmates with developmental disabilities.
  • Assess inmate housing policies and practices to ensure housing is not segregated by race in violation of Johnson v. California.
  • Assess prison/jail emergency lockdown policies, procedures, and documentation to ensure prisons/jails are not locking down inmates by race in violation of Johnson v. California and other controlling case law.
  • Assess the religious services programs to ensure that current inmates and prospective long term inmates have access to appropriate religious services and religious diets in compliance with the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Federal Constitution, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
  • We recommend that Prisons/ Jails select a Risk/Needs Assessment tool that has been validated for inmate populations to determine which, if any, offenders can be placed in community based programs that are alternatives to incarceration. This thoughtful approach to bed management will reduce the risk to public safety by placing the appropriate offenders in the appropriate community-based programs based on risk and needs. Our team consists of a cadre of subject matter experts who can guide the federal/state/county in the selection of the appropriate tool, help to train staff, and oversee the implementation of the assessments and selection criteria. We believe this would be an important step to maximize a cost effective use of scarce custody beds.