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SEMINAR - Critical Issues in Today's Jails

Critical Issues in Today's Jails: PREA, Laws, Litigation and Liability

From the official release of the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards by the Department of Justice to the recent Supreme Court Florence strip search decision, Sheriffs and Jail Administrators all over the country are deciphering what is required of them in the wake – particularly how those changes will affect policy, procedure and training. This seminar will provide an overview of the hottest topics jail administrators’ face, along with updates involving trends in litigation. Prisoners file more litigation than any other group in the United States. How can Sheriffs and jail administrators proactively protect against prisoner litigation? This workshop provides a comprehensive discussion of all aspects of risk management and civil liability protection. They will also be provided with a systematic plan of action to counter and diminish vulnerability to prisoner litigation. This course will provide in-depth reviews of cases and rulings pertaining to the latest issues facing jail administrators and sheriffs, including:

  • PREA: A Constitutional Review of the DOJ Standards specifically for Sheriffs and Jail Administrators

  • Protecting Against Administrative Liability: A Proactive Implementation Approach

  • Conditions of Confinement, Inmate Searches, Religious Issues and Use of Force

  • Duty to Protect: Inmate Assaults, Suicides, In-Custody Deaths

  • Medical and Mental Health Administrative Liabilities

  • First Amendment Rights: Inmate Communication Issues on Mail, Postcards, Rejecting Mail

Gary DeLand is the Executive Director of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association and President of DeLand and Associates, Inc. He has traveled to more than 45 states to provide legal issues and other criminal justice training. Formerly, Gary served as Commander of the Jail Division for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Executive Director of the UT State Department of Corrections and Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Justice. He has also served as an officer for NSA’s Presidents and Executive Directors Committee and as Chair of the ACA Legal Issues Committee. DeLand is the past Editor-in-Chief and current Executive Editor of the Corrections Managers’ Report.

Carrie Hill, esq. is an attorney and criminal justice consultant. She has been actively involved in corrections since 1987. Since leaving her position as general counsel for the Utah Department of Corrections in 1992, Carrie has focused on providing training and consulting on a national level. She is former Editor of Corrections’ Managers Report and she provides corrections consulting and expert witness services individually and in association with DeLand and Associates.

Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater Int. Airport
3535 Ulmerton Rd. Clearwater, FL. 33762
• $109 per night + taxes (NSA rate)

Hotel reservations: Direct 1-727-577-9100 or 1-800 -Holiday
Booking Code: Ask for NSA Rate
Must book reservations before Jan 28, 2013 for this rate!

Room rate includes:

  • full breakfast

  • access to full service gym facility

  • complimentary shuttle to and from both airports, to the Sheriff’s office, and up to a five mile radius around the hotel (Rental car facility available on site)

NSA Members: $ 375
Non-Members: $ 425

Training hosted at Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
8550 Ulmerton Rd., Suite 255, Largo, FL.

Instruction begins promptly at 0800 hrs.

This seminar is approved for NSA Jail Certification for CJS and CJE credit hours: 24

Register Online - NSA Member Rate
Register Online - NSA Non-Member Rate

Considerable commitment is made on the level of the instructors, the National Institute for Jail Operations, hotels, sponsors and the attendees to ensure jail training seminars are successful. The primary reason to hold training is due to demand in the field. This is analyzed and dictated by NIJO staff, host agencies and surrounding organizations confident in the need for such training prior to confirming a training date and location. A minimum number of attendees is required to hold training and cover fixed costs. The reason for a cancellation, outside of significant natural disasters, acts of God or governmental threats, is lack of attendance. Host agencies and nearby associations requesting the training are responsible to promote and fill the classroom. The National Institute of Jail Operations will, at 30 days prior to the event, cancel the class and refund all money to attendees if the minimum number of attendees is not met. All cancellations must be received in writing (email or hard copy) at least 14 business days prior to the start of the training for a full refund. Cancellations less than 14 days will be subject to a $75 fee. Cancellations less than 7 days out will be subject to a $150 fee. No refunds will be given for “No Shows.” NIJO advises not to purchase airfare or travel until after receiving confirmation notice by NIJO staff.

BEFORE making travel arrangements, call 800-424-7827 x JAIL to ensure program availability. Questions or inquiries may be directed to the same number, refer to the website at , or email seminar coordinating staff at

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Clearwater / Largo, Florida. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office 8550 Ulmerton Rd., Suite 255, Largo, FL.
26 February 2013 - 8:00am - 28 February 2013 - 5:00pm