Although you may never spend a day in jail, the consequences of a county or town operating a poorly run facility can be far-reaching, especially for taxpayers. The amount of tax dollars a local government spends defending itself in a lawsuit, for example, could more than offset the amount of money saved by cutting corners on jail design or maintenance.
Poor jail conditions are a big risk factor
At Trident Public Risk Solutions, which insures local governments, we conducted a study over a 7-year period that showed hundreds of claims made against jails resulting in millions of dollars in losses. Poor jail conditions, negligence and a lack of proper medical care gave rise to most of those claims.
Jails pose a huge financial risk for governments
Jails pose one of the greatest financial risks facing public entities large and small. Not doing everything you can reasonably do can prove to be extremely costly for local governments.
What you should do now to reduce risks
With the right policies, training, procedures and other best practices in place, government officials can better avoid incidents, claims and being named as defendants in lawsuits.
Read my team’s jail claims study, which includes the most common losses in jails, the largest monetary losses and ways you can reduce risks.