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.