What a blessing, conference season is back and “IN PERSON!”

What a blessing, conference season is back and “IN PERSON!”

The Common Theme:

From the various association events that we have participated in thus far in 2021 there has been a common theme. This theme was evident both from comments made by the associations’ leadership and observed in the conference climate among vendors and attendees – Fellowship!

Fel-low-ship: noun Friendly association, especially with people who share one’s own interest.

The benefits of training together, establishing and growing/maintaining a network of like minded folks are exponential. It has been said that “it isn’t always what you know, it’s who you know.” I say that it isn’t just who you know, but who you know and what they know. It may come across as completely cliche, but “team work truly does make the dream work.”

“Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller .

“As iron sharpen iron, so one person sharpens the other.” -Proverbs 27:17

It has been good to catch up, share ideas, and collaborate with old friends and nice to form new friendships. Business, whether in the private market or in the public sector, has proven to be a challenge to all of us. It has been encouraging to share experiences and celebrate the successes of these challenging times en rapport. I am very grateful for the opportunity to associate with colleagues and customers again at these conferences and I am certain that many others in attendance felt exactly the same way. What a blessing that I am not taking for granted!

Can’t wait to see you on the Road!

JC

Jail Populations Begin to Increase as Jury Trials Resume as Covid Concerns Wane

Jail Populations Begin to Increase as Jury Trials Resume as Covid Concerns Wane

Detention and Correctional facilities experienced sudden and sharp decreases in their average daily populations, entirely by design. This was due to covid fears and a complete halt on jury trials in many judicial circuits. Population decreases reached 50% reductions in some areas at the peak of Covid 19.

As court proceedings resume and local policies transition to “closer to normal operations” in Law Enforcement and Detention arenas jail populations are trending upward based on my conversations and experiences with facility administrators and detention facilities.

The detention wholesale market finds itself subject to the same supply chain frustrations as retail markets nationwide. Product shortages, extensive delivery lead times, increased raw material and freight prices are affecting facilities operations and climates.

Increased populations, supply chain lags, increased product pricing to include fuel and freight prices will all impact operational budgets. Additionally, Administrators struggle to recruit, hire and retain quality detention and corrections employees. These hurdles will certainly prove challenging for some time.

Please be sure to say thank you to those who work behind the walls and those who manage these facilities. The average person rarely thinks about the challenges of the day to day operation of detention and correctional facilities, much less about the additional strains that the global pandemic has brought.