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Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities

1st Edition

By William R. Bell

CRC Press

328 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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AN INSIDE LOOK INTO INVESTIGATING THE MOST VIOLENT SUB-CULTURE IN THE WORLD

Once an offender is behind bars, many people believe that he is no longer a threat to society. However, the felonious activities of confined inmates reach out into society every day. These inmates run lucrative drug operations, commit fraud, hire contract murders, and commit a multitude of criminal offenses from inside the walls of our prisons. This book provides an in-depth resource guide to the relatively new field of corrections investigation.

Illustrating the differences between street and prison investigations, Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities provides a detailed list of how tos as well as numerous captivating case histories and photographs of actual crime scenes and evidentiary items. Chapters on intelligence gathering, undercover operations, and the use of confidential informants will aid you in the complex crimes that sometimes even involve officers and civilians. The book also covers legal aspects such as warrants, court preparation, and testimony to help you take a case from investigation to prosecution.

Prison investigators must be able to respond effectively to every crime imaginable, from a grizzly homicide to a complex fraud case. Whether you're a long-time administrator or a novice criminal justice professional, Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities gives you sound advice on how to handle crime in a community in which 100% of the population are convicted felons.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Coming from a family whose involvement with law enforcement dates back to the Civil War, William Bell's own education and career spans more than thirty years. Greatly influenced by his father, a retired Police Inspector, he began with the Dearborn, Michigan, Police Department where his responsibilities included work in road patrol, SWAT, undercover narcotics, and pattern crime. For nearly twenty years the author has been employed by the Colorado Department of Corrections, where he ultimately gained his expertise with the Criminal Investigation Division. He is noted for taking the investigation of prison crime into the streets.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

DEDICATION

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION TO PRISON INVESTIGATIONS

Crime Does not Stop at the Prison Doors

Need for Prison Investigators

Local Law Enforcement Cannot Police Prisons

Brief History of the Colorado Department of Corrections Criminal Investigation Division

Inmate Population Explosion

DRUG INVESTIGATIONS

Overview

Methods of Drug Introduction in Prisons

Case History #1

Tools of the Prison Investigator

Case History #2

Staff Assistance

Case History #3

Typical Prison Drug Investigative Tactics

Case History #4

Rules of Engagement

Case History #5

Planning Your Operation

Buy Bust Operations

Case History #6

Case History #7

Buy Walk Operations

Case History #8

Controlled Deliveries

Safety Guidelines for Undercover Operations

Drug Drops

Use of Unwitting

Case History #9

Cigarettes as Contraband

Prescription Drug Sales

Clandestine Laboratories

Urinalysis as a Weapon

Drug Deterrence Programs

Prison Drug Prices

Street Drug Prices

Facts about Marijuana

Physical Signs of Marijuana Use

Facts about Heroin

Physical Signs of Heroin Use and Puncture Marks

Facts about Cocaine

Physical Signs of Cocaine Use

Facts about Methamphetamine

Physical Signs of Cocaine Use

Facts about Inhalants

Effects of Inhalants

ESCAPE INVESTIGATIONS

General Information

Duties of Prison Investigators

Case History #10

Investigative Tips

Case History #11

Case History #12

SOLICITATION INVESTIGATIONS

Types of Prison Solicitation Cases

Means Used in Prison Solicitations Cases

Case History #13

Murder for Hire

Guidelines for Murder for Hire Cases

Case History #14

More Guidelines

Case History #15

Staff Investigations

Case History #16

Case History #17 (The Hat Trick)

Investigator Tips on Solicitation Cases

Case History #20

SEX OFFENSES

Colorado Revised Statutes Related to Prison Sex Crimes

The Five W's of Prison Sex Crimes

Case History #21

False Reporting

Case History #22

Case History #23

Precautions against False Reporting

The Sexual Assault Investigation

Victim Interviews

Suspect Interviews

The Crime Scene

Check Lists

PRISON UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS

General

Training Deficiencies

So You Want to be a Shadow Cop?

Pitfalls and Dangers of Undercover Work

The Criminal Element

Case History #24

Planning an Undercover Operation

Undercover Operations in the Prison

Case History #25

Precautions

Case History #26

Outside the Prison Undercover Operations

Case History #27

Officer in Trouble

Counter Measures

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS

Information from the Informant

Reasons Convicts Give Information

Confidential Informant Safety

Do's and Don'ts of Confidential Informant Use

Case History#28

Legislation Protection for Informants

Reliability of Informants

Case History#29

Informant Procedures

Standards of Conduct for Informants

Restricted Use of Informants

Informant Documentation Street and Prison

Questions to Ask Potential Informants

Disclosure of Informant Identity

UNDERSTANDING THE CONVICT

General

Case History #30

We vs. Them Syndrome

Case History #31

EVIDENCE COLLECTION

General

Definition of Evidence

General Guidelines

Types of Evidence

Crimes Scene Guidelines

Preliminary Investigation

Crime Scene Searches

Case History #32

Photographing the Crime Scene

Basic Evidence Collection

Death Investigations

IMPORTANCE OF INTELLIGENCE

General

Definition of Intelligence

Passive Intelligence

Active Intelligence

Case History #32

Collection of Intelligence

Evaluation of Intelligence

Collation Of Intelligence

Analysis of Intelligence

Dissemination of Intelligence

Re Evaluation of Intelligence

Categorizing of Intelligence

Access to Intelligence Files

Submission Criteria for Intelligence Information

Review Process

AFFIDAVITS AND WARRANTS

Affidavits

Search Warrants and Applications

Arrest Warrants

41.1 Warrants

Civil Seizures

Seizure Complaint

Seizure Affidavit

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order

Temporary Restraining Order

Seizure Summons

COURT PREPARATION AND TESTIMONY

General

Tips for Presenting Testimony

Case History #34

Case History #35

Trial Preparation

INTERNAL AFFAIRS INVESTIGATIONS

General Information

Sexual Harassment

Case History #36

Initial Reports

Interviewing Complainant

Case History #37

Review Physical Scene

Interviewing Witnesses

Case History #38

Workplace Discrimination/Harassment

General Definitions

Case History #39

Staff Involvement In Drugs

Staff / Inmate Relationships

Case History #40

Case History #41

Officer in Trouble

WHAT THE PROSECUTOR EXPECTS

General Information

Officer Reports

Cold Crime Scenes

Interviewing Inmates

THEFT INVESTIGATIONS

General

Prison Thefts

Theft by Deception

Case History #42

Investigating Theft by Deception in the Prison

Case History #43

Pro-Active Approach

SSI Social Security Theft

Case History #44

Motor Vehicle Theft

Case History #45

Burglary

Counterfeiting

Case History #46

PROACTIVE APPROACHES TO CONDUCTING PRISON INVESTIGATIONS

Prison Investigations

Prison Work Crews

Action Planning

HOMICIDE AND OTHER INMATE DEATHS

Death by Natural Causes

Case History #47

Death by Suicide

Case History #48

Case History #49

Accidental Deaths

Homicide

Evidence Collection

DNA Evidence

Motive

Case History #50

Case History #51

Prison Murder Weapons

Case History #52

Rule of Thumb for Time of Death

APPENDIX

INDEX

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM053000
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology