For example, in developing an adequate staffing plan, an agency may choose to emphasize higher staffing levels rather than comprehensive video monitoring. By contrast, while adult facility standards require agencies to develop an adequate staffing plan, and to make best efforts and/or to document and justify deviations, the juvenile facility standards require agencies to comply with the staffing plan, absent exigent circumstances. Within this context, agencies have considerable discretion regarding how best to allocate resources devoted toward developing and implementing their staffing plans.Evans, in seeking funding for the cameras, told county lawmakers in October how probation officers must enter homes to make sure that offenders are following the terms of their probation, which includes not possessing illegal drugs or firearms, and abiding by their court-ordered curfew."They do a fantastic job; they (conduct) curfew checks and other things," Evans said of his probation officers at the time."But occasionally they have been accused of taking something while they're in someone's home.
The adult standards also require agencies to reassess the adequacy of the “facility’s deployment of video monitoring systems and other monitoring technologies…[w]henever necessary, but no less frequently than once each year…” See 28 C. Accordingly, it is not appropriate for an auditor to specifically require the addition of video cameras as a condition of finding compliance. For example, where an auditor or an agency identifies a “blind spot” that imposes considerable danger of the occurrence of sexual abuse, an agency may choose to reallocate existing staff or add staff to the area in question, rather than to install a new video camera in the area. And I just thought that the body cameras would show what they did while they were in someone's home."A Tribune investigation in 2014 revealed how the probation department for years had quietly worked with the FBI and Chicago police to conduct questionable searches.Probationers told the Tribune that they were threatened with jail if they refused to work as informants for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. In adult facilities, agencies are required to make “best efforts” to comply with the staffing plan and/or to “document and justify” deviations from it. In any event, so long as the above requirements are complied with (e.g., make best efforts to comply, document and justify deviations, and consider how technology may enhance protections), then the failure to incorporate or add video monitoring technology does not cause a facility to be out of compliance with the standards. The staffing plan must take into consideration, among other things, “the facility’s physical plant (including ‘blind spots’ or areas where staff or residents may be isolated)…” Further, the juvenile facility standards provide that the agency “shall comply with the staffing plan except during limited and discrete exigent circumstances, and shall fully document deviations from the plan during such circumstances.” See 28 C. In developing an adequate staffing plan, an agency may choose to emphasize higher staffing levels rather than comprehensive video monitoring. Finally, the adult standards require agencies “[w]hen installing or updating a video monitoring system, electronic surveillance system, or other monitoring technology…to consider how such technology may enhance the agency’s ability to protect inmates from sexual abuse.” See 28 C. Indeed, best practices suggest that video monitoring is not an adequate substitute for sufficient numbers of staff. However, as discussed above with respect to the development of the staffing plan, agencies have considerable discretion regarding how best to allocate resources devoted toward developing and implementing their staffing plans.