Civil Liability in Criminal Justice


  • Darrell Ross

This handbook addresses the problems confronting criminal justice practitioners and their agencies due to the increased number of civil liability lawsuits. It introduces the reader to civil liability generally and the federal law specifically, while indicating steps that can be taken to minimize risks.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-4224-6139-6

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Civil Liability

2. Foundations for Liability

3. Civil Liability Under State and Federal Tort Law

4. Civil Liability and Federal Law: Section 1983 Litigation

5. Defenses to Civil Litigation and Risk Management

6. Administrative and Supervisory Liability

7. Liability for Failure to Train

8. Operating Criminal Justice Agencies Under a Consent Decree

9. Use of Force in Law Enforcement and Corrections

10. Section 1983 and Correctional Liability Issues

11. Section 1983 Actions in Law Enforcement

12. Liability and Wrongful Custodial Death

13. Personnel Issues and Liability

14. Conclusions: Shifting Directions in Civil Litigation