Hot 5: Got AL’s Jail Guidelines?

  • Published: March 30, 2015
  • Is Your County Using the Alabama Legal-Based Jail Guidelines?

    The ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund Inc. is offering its County Fund Members the Alabama Legal-Based Jail Guidelines, which are the ONLY legal-based guidelines available specifically to Alabama. Participation in this program by sheriffs and their administrative staff has proven to help counties reduce lawsuits, stemming from issues such as in-custody deaths, suicide, medical issues, use of force and religion. This program offers easy-to-use guidelines, training tools, audits and webcasts as well as customer support. Participants also receive NIJO and ASA policy and procedure updates, which are geared to keep the jails up-to-date on the latest laws and rulings. The ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund’s Board of Trustees has authorized the pre-payment of the implementation fee for each County Fund Member. So, if your county is not using the Alabama Legal-Based Jail Guidelines, we ask that you please start today. For more information contact Henry van Arcken @ (334) 263-7594 or


    Mark Your Calendars

    The next information-packed ACCA Legislative Webinars are scheduled for Monday, April 13, and Monday, May 18. The 30-minute sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m. on those dates, and it is hoped that setting them on Mondays will make it convenient for even more county officials and employees to participate. It’s a great way to gain a more detailed understanding of what you can do to help legislatively, and you can also get answers to your questions.


    Thanks to 5 Members of AL’s U.S. House Delegation

    There are 17 Alabama counties with special reasons to thank five members of Alabama’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Last week, the House approved a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools Act, which provides funding to counties with national forest lands. Please express your appreciation to Reps. Robert Aderholt, Bradley Byrne, Martha Roby, Mike Rogers and Terri Sewell for supporting Alabama counties! The issue moves on to the U.S. Senate for further consideration, and ACCA will keep you posted on progress and how you can help.


    What Do Commissioners Need to Know about Personnel? Or Liability?

    The Alabama Local Government Training Institute’s next two courses for commissioners are coming up shortly, and the back-to-back classes will equip commissioners to better manage personnel issues and the county’s exposure to risk. Online registration is available for “Personnel Administration” April 22-23 and “Understanding the Liability of the County Commission” April 23-24. The two elective classes are held in Prattville.


    Progress Report on Strategic Plan

    Many thanks to everyone who completed a Team 2021 Questionnaire during ACCA’s district meetings! ACCA is reviewing the information and so that it can be reported to the members of Team 2021, who are charged with exploring specific goals and implementation strategies to help “67 counties, ONE voice” move forward in the coming years. The team will be working toward a detailed report to the full membership during the ACCA Convention in August.


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