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Use of Force in Corrections. An Overview Gene Atherton Copyright, Gene Atherton, CCSG, LLC. Elements of a Successful Use of Force Program – What does it Take ?. Concept of UOF as a “Program” not simply a task to be completed. Administrative Oversight Training Policy Force Technology

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Use of Force in Corrections

An Overview

Gene Atherton

Copyright, Gene Atherton, CCSG, LLC


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Elements of a Successful Use of Force Program – What does it Take ?

  • Concept of UOF as a “Program” not simply a task to be completed.

  • Administrative Oversight

  • Training

  • Policy

  • Force Technology

  • Philosophy/Attitude


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UOF Performance Measurement – What Does it Do ? it Take ?

  • Leadership needs to know. Accountability. Obligation of program performance. UOF as a program.

  • Common Language

  • Deciding what to measure.

  • Passing scientific muster

  • Data management/critical connections with other information. Collection and reporting.

  • “Defining and Measuring Corrections Performance” Association of State Correctional Administrators. George and Camille Camp. A national perspective.


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UOF Research – Why Bother ? it Take ?

  • USE OF FORCE Current Practice and Policy

  • “USE OF FORCE BY POLICE Overview of National and Local Data”, U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Justice Programs.

  • “Corrections Compendium Survey on Use of Force”


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What Happens When UOF Goes Wrong ? it Take ?

  • People Get Hurt ? Why ? Too Much Force ? Too Little ? Can staff confidence and skills relate to this issue ?

  • How does it affect the organization when the use of force goes bad ?

  • Litigation ? Issue “de jour” of tort lawyers.


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Now and the Future it Take ?

  • Best trained and prepared in the history of corrections to use force.

  • Successful implementation of a use of force program as a “model” for organization change/improvement.

  • Importance of what leaders say and do.

  • UOF “Program” accommodated by correctional systems (Safe Programs, Back to Basics, Staff Safety).

  • Leadership philosophy and systems for training, monitoring, and equipping.

  • Breakthroughs in technology

  • Best Practices


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