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Advanced Classification Training Seminar – Maricopa, AZ (Two Sessions)

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Advanced Classification Training Seminar – Maricopa, AZ (Two Sessions)

March 19 - March 22


Proper jail classification is crucial to the efficient and safe operation of the jail.  Inmates possess a variety of behavioral, treatment and management needs that influence their level of supervision within the jail. Because many inmates in the jail are incompatible with other inmates they share jail space with, jails must have an appropriate classification to avoid negative consequences, favoritism, and higher risk of litigation.  To maintain a safer jail environment for staff, inmates and visitors within the jail, proper inmate classification is a mandatory process of jail operations.

This training will discuss the following jail policies and management goals:

  • Staff and Inmate Safety
  • Protection Against Liability
  • Predictable Housing Assignments
  • Use of Data and Auditing






Blake Hamilton, esq has significant trial experience in both Federal and State Courts. He has also worked on briefs and/or argued before the Utah Court of Appeals, Utah Supreme Court, the 9th & 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Hamilton’s primary practice areas are civil rights litigation and governmental entity defense.  He currently serves as general counsel for the Utah Peace Officers Association and the National Institute for Jail Operations, as well as conflict counsel for the Utah Fraternal Order of Police.  He has represented governmental entities and their employees through the Utah Local Government Trust, Utah Counties Insurance Pool, Utah Risk Management Mutual Association, Utah Highway Patrol Association, and Professional Law Enforcement Association. 

Bill Wilson received his B.A. with honors from Indiana University-Bloomington, majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is an honors graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Bill is the current Jail Coordinator for the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association.  Bill has more than 25 years of experience working in correctional facilities, starting as a correctional officer and working his way up to top management. For sixteen years, Bill served as the Jail Commander for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.   Since 1994, Bill has been an Adjunct Instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at Ivy Tech University, and serves as an instructor for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy’s Jailers School.  He is a member of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Advisory Team and  the National Sheriffs Association.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office


Session 1

March 19 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
March 20 – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm


Session 2

March 21 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
March 22 – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm



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.   NIJO advises not to purchase airfare or travel until after receiving confirmation notice by NIJO staff.  BEFORE making travel arrangements, call 800-810-JAIL (5245) to ensure program availability. Questions or inquiries may be directed to the same number, refer to the website or email seminar Training Coordinator at registration@jailtraining.org. 
All attendee 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 $75 fee.  No refunds will be given for “No Shows.”  


March 19
March 22
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National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO)