JAILCON18 South – Awards

At the Awards Luncheon during JAILCON18 Southern Regional Conference in New Orleans August, 28-30, 2018, NIJO recognized the following individuals and agencies for  for outstanding service in the corrections field.  We extend our congratulations to all of the award recipients.


Detention Supervisor of the Year

Corporal Jackie McKnatt
Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, AL

Awarded to a Certified Detention Officer serving in a supervisory capacity (Corporal and/or Sergeant) who excel in their positions and are highly regarded by their staff for their consistent leadership, integrity, understanding and support, both professionally and personally, during the past year.


Health Care Professional of the Year

Rhonda Isaac
Pike County Sheriff’s Office, MS

Awarded to the Detention Center medical staff member who set the bar for jail medical programs and best represents the overall spirit of professionalism, caring, and dedication. This award is submitted by peer nominations from medical or detention staff members.


Detention Administrator of the Year

Captain Brian Anstey
Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, KS

Awarded to a detention administrator/commander who has shown exemplary leadership and has contributed to the improvement of the jail environment positively for enhanced safety, security, and custody to benefit overall jail operations, officers, staff, inmates, and the general public.


NIJO Detention Facility Innovation Award

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, AL

Awarded to a detention facility which has demonstrated exceptional achievement in developing and/or enhancing a particular aspect or feature in the facility or in the operations of the facility in line with the mission of the Sheriff’s Office during the past year.



NIJO Dedication to Excellence Award
(aka Overworked and Underpaid Award)

Major Brian Sanders
Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, NC

Awarded to a detention officer, supervisor, or administrator who in the past year has gone above and beyond normal expectations by working extra hours, making extra effort to ensure the safety and security of staff members, inmates, and the general public.



NIJO Distinguished Valor Award

Lt. Robert Earle
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, MI

Awarded to a detention officer, supervisor, or administrator who has put it all on the line, by either voluntarily risking his/her own personal safety to heroically serve and protect or who has made critical decisions or has taken preventive actions that ensured the safety and security of staff, inmates and the general public. [Not pictured)



NIJO Executive Director Award

Karl “The Mailman” Malone

Recognizing extraordinary service to the detention and corrections field by an individual.  The recipient is selected based on leadership, knowledge and contributions to the corrections profession.  NIJO recognized Mr. Malone’s commitment to NIJO, the Law Enforcement and Corrections profession across the United States.



The National Institute for Jail Operations developed the Professional Certification Program in response to the need to provide a respected national certification for individuals looking for a process that involved legal-based curriculum by an organization which supports and defends their agencies’ worthy goals and objectives.   NIJO Professional Certification is a professional designation – earned not issued – for jail and detention officers, supervisors, administrators and sheriffs who have demonstrated to possess the requisite understanding, knowledge, skills, experience and abilities to function to a specific level.  Achieving NIJO Certification is a significant accomplishment and reflects intense training, effort, experience and comprehension proving that an individual confidently knows and can follow clearly established laws and procedures in fulfilling his or her duties within a correctional facility.

National Certified Corrections Executive (NCCE) Certification was awarded to the following individuals at JAILCON18 in New Orleans:


Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (LA)

Major Kevin Jones
Lexington County Sheriff’s Office (SC)




NIJO Accreditation is an established process for correctional administrators to verify and be recognized nationally as compliant to what the law requires to run a constitutionally safe facility. As the first in the country, the National Institute of Jail Operations (NIJO) provides over 600 legal-based guidelines specific to each state for NIJO Accreditation to ensure that detention and correctional facilities comply with federal acts and constitutional rights, Supreme Court decisions, applicable Circuit Courts of Appeal rulings and state statutes and codes.

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, AL 
Level II Accreditation




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