Frequently asked questions
What are the PLS Jail Pro lessons?
PLS Jail Pro is a reality-based, continuing education training program that uses the most recent and relevant federal court decisions to address the liability issues raised by jail inmates in lawsuits against jail officials (jailers, correctional officers, sheriffs, administrators, and others). Jail Pro also includes lessons on other important topics such as: bloodborne pathogens, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), sexual harassment, mental health, and other issues.
Who are Jail Pro lessons designed for?
These lessons are designed for use by county jail officials (jailers, correctional officers, supervisors, administrators, deputies, chief deputies, and sheriffs). Although many jail officials may only be named as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by an inmate once in their entire career, they are often very difficult experiences, affecting both personal and department-wide decision making. The PLS Jail Pro lessons allow lesson takers to have a close-up examination of dozens of actual inmate lawsuits without having to endure the emotional and physical cost of being a named defendant. The goal of PLS lessons is to generate more effective decisions, ones that will result in fewer successful lawsuits, lower settlement amounts, and more favorable jury verdicts.
Why does PLS use court cases as the foundation of Jail Pro lesson?
Judges and juries are the final arbiters of any legal dispute. With regard to regulating the conduct of jail employees, legislators (federal, state, county, and city) can pass the finest laws; agencies can enact the most stringent regulations, and elected officials (sheriffs) can implement the most advanced policies; but in the end, whether the actions or decisions of the jail employee will result in money damages having to be paid to a jail inmate is in the hands of the courts—a judge and/or a jury.
Why does PLS use federal cases to produce Jail Pro lessons?
PLS researches actual cases in which a jail inmate has sued one or more jail officials (jailers, correctional officers, supervisors, sheriffs, administrators, etc.), and most of these lawsuits are filed in federal court under a federal statute (42 U.S.C. section 1983). Federal appellate court decisions become binding precedent for jail officials in the states comprising that court’s jurisdiction and become “persuasive authority” in the remainder of the country. In rare instances these cases can be appealed one step further, to the U.S. Supreme Court, where a ruling by that court becomes binding precedent for jail officials in the entire country.
Can PLS lessons be used to satisfy state recertification mandates for jailers and correctional officers?
Yes. Each PLS lesson is designed to generate 1-hour of continuing education training credit. Some states with a recertification requirement grant CEUs on the basis that the training has been approved by the head of the subscribing agency. Other states have regulatory agencies that must pre-approve the training or at least allow it to be applied to the recertification requirement. Whatever the CEU recertification requirements in a given state, PLS will work with the subscribing agency to ensure that lesson takers receive 1-hour of CEUs for each Jail Pro lesson they successfully complete.