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Use of restraint chairs Juvenile facility

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For adults, we only keep them in the chair for 2 hours. If needed or justified, the on call Manager can a lot more time. We do a half hour check on video cam with audio as well. We go into the cell and ask for compliance then gauge the offender’s response. It’s a dangerous procedure to say the lease. Having good competent staff is a must.. full thread


Part 3: What Is Psychological Trauma? When Trauma Shatters Our Basic Assumptions

Caterina Spinaris
When CO Smith was caught in his first “large group disturbance” (aka a riot) in the chow hall, he dissociated and froze. Surrounded by 200 offenders who were throwing around food, plates, kicks, and punches, he remained transfixed. The last conscious thought that flashed through his mind before he “checked out” was that this was the end of the road for him. When he came to himself, partly due to the ear-piercing din in the room, and partly due to staff surrounding him and asking him if he was okay, he couldn’t believe that he had just stood there. Deep shame about not responding as trained washed over him. “I never expected to just freeze!” was all he could think. How could he explain to anyone (including himself), what happened, and why he let his partner across the room down by not taking action as he should have? CO Smith felt so defeated, he started to question his courage and his ability to do his job... .. full story

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