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Jail Resource Management (Participant's Manual)

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127 pages
This training program provides participants with the administrative tools needed to assess jail facility needs, manage their budget, identify funding options, and request funding from their parent agency.
The first chapter provides an overview of the training program, which includes the program goal, resources potentially available to the jail, the benefits of effective resource management, program objectives, how the training program is organized, and a case study exercise. The second chapter focuses on the elements of the budget process. This module provides an overview of the budget process that encompasses the mechanics of the budget process and identification of the forms, programs, techniques, and time lines used in participants' jurisdiction's budget process. Chapter 3, "Managing the Budget," emphasizes the importance of tracking budget allocations, revenue, and expenditures. Issues considered are methods or techniques for tracking expenditures, identification of strengths and weaknesses for each tracking method, the basic duties of the jail administrator regarding budget management, the consequences of failing to adequately manage the budget, and budget implementation. Chapter 4, "Managing Through Budget Cuts and Unanticipated Expenses," addresses many of the causes of budget cuts and other unanticipated expenses in the jail. Chapter 5, "Assessing Resource Needs," describes the various tools and resources available to assess resource needs; and chapter 6, "Prioritizing Resource Needs," provides the participant with a decisionmaking model that will help prioritize budget and resource issues. Chapter 7, "Identifying Solutions to Resource Needs," is designed to help participants evaluate resource needs at their facility and determine if issues are best solved through the budget process or by some other non-budget alternative. The remaining three chapters address the development of a funding request, building support for a funding request, and budget presentation techniques.