Learning Objectives

  • Describe the origins of jails
  • Identify the types of jails in operation
  • Explain how jails process individuals
  • Assess how jails affect and are affected by overcrowding, race, gender, age, and special needs of their inmates
  • Describe the various approaches jails take to address medical problems of inmates
  • Discuss how jails manage sexual violence, gangs, and suicides
  • Explain the kinds of innovations happening in jails and how they are working out