City and county jails hold thousands of inmates and occupy an important role in the criminal justice system. But while policymakers focus on improving the management of state prisons, recent audits suggest that jails suffer from serious problems that are not being addressed.
As the threat of global terrorism grows, security experts believe that a strong police presence is necessary to deter attacks, especially in areas where large numbers of people gather. But some potential targets may not be getting the protection they need.
For instance, staffing levels at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are insufficient, according to an internal police report. The airport, which is among the world's largest and serves more than 60 million passengers each year, has fewer officers patrolling its terminals than other major U.S. airports.