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What Your Jail Management System Should Be Doing for You

By: Joli Shumpert, Implementation Specialist at equivant Corrections


In today’s rapidly evolving corrections landscape, the role of technology – particularly that of the Jail Management System (JMS) – has become increasingly important. A well-designed JMS can significantly streamline operations, enhance security, and improve overall efficiency within correctional facilities. Some facilities use JMS software, others use a homegrown system; whichever category you fall into, below are the key functionalities your JMS should include to enhance efficiencies and effectiveness. 


Comprehensive Offender Management:

Your JMS should offer robust capabilities for managing inmate data, including intake, release, classification, housing assignments, and disciplinary actions. It should provide a centralized repository for all pertinent information, enabling easy access and retrieval by authorized personnel. 


Classification Management:

An effective JMS should support inmate classification processes, enabling staff to assign appropriate housing and supervision levels based on individual risk assessments and behavior analysis.


Automated Processes:

Automation is crucial for reducing manual workload and minimizing the risk of human error. Your JMS should automate routine tasks such as booking processes, court scheduling, visitation requests, sentence calculation, and inventory management. This automation not only saves time but also ensures consistency and accuracy in data management. 


Real-time Monitoring and Reporting:

A powerful JMS should provide real-time monitoring of inmate movements and managing housing assignments, activities, and incidents within the facility. It should generate customizable reports on various metrics such as population demographics, inmate behaviors, security incidents, and resource utilization. These insights empower administrators to make informed decisions and allocate resources effectively. Real-time updates on inmate location, status, and movements within the facility enable staff to respond promptly to incidents and emergencies. A JMS should provide intuitive tools for recording incidents, generating reports, and tracking follow-up actions to ensure thorough documentation and accountability. Accurate and timely documentation of incidents is critical for legal compliance and liability management.


Scalability and Flexibility:

As your facility grows and undergoes changes, your JMS should be able to scale seamlessly to accommodate evolving needs. It should offer flexibility in configuration, allowing administrators to customize workflows, data fields, and user interfaces according to your specific requirements. Additionally, the system should support future upgrades and integrations without disrupting operations. 


Your jail management system plays a critical role in optimizing operations, enhancing security, and promoting efficiency within your correctional facility. By investing in a comprehensive JMS that offers advanced functionalities such as offender management, automated processes, real-time monitoring, and scalability, you can ensure that your facility operates smoothly and effectively in today’s challenging environment of criminal justice administration. For more information about what your JMS should include, or for an audit of your current JMS, please contact us. 

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