JAILCON21 Western Regional Conference Summary

NIJO is pleased to report the success of another JAILCON21 Western Regional Conference at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, June 29-July 1, 2021. We express gratitude to the Arizona Sheriffs’ Association for co-hosting the conference and to our host agencies, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Corrections Department.

Just like every year before, the conference sold out having over 400 corrections professions from several western states including Arizona, California, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico in attendance.

DAY 1 – June 29, 2021

The Opening Session of the conference began with a flag ceremonyOpening Session - JAILCON21 Western Regional Conference conducted by the Honor Guard from the Pinal County Sheriffs’ Office.  A beautiful rendition of the national anthem was performed by Deputy Leonard Miller of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.  Welcome remarks were then given by our host sheriffs, Mark Dannels (Cochise County Sheriff and President of Arizona Sheriffs’ Association) and Sheriff Penzone (Maricopa County, AZ).  Attendees were then privileged to hear from Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General.  AG Brnovich expressed gratitude to attendees for the difficult jobs they perform each day in keeping inmates, staff and the public safe.

Following the opening session, individuals attended three 1.5 hour break-out training sessions with the option of five topics during every session.  Training sessions were taught by top corrections experts from across the country, including: Gary DeLand (President, DeLand & Associates); Dr. Steve Sampson (Founder, Institute for Social Intelligence; Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA); Sgt. David Townsend (Luna County Detention Center); Dr. Johnny Bates (CEO, Quality Correctional Health Care); Sgt. Gregory Perks (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, AZ); Stephen Entemann (Founder, Code 4 Specialist, LLC); SAC Cheri OZ (DEA); Sean Stewart (Expert Witness/Ret. Captain, Pima County Adult Detention Center, AZ); Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, MO); Dr. Chris Gregg, Ph.D. (CSO, Storyline Health);  David Linderholm (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, AZ), Lt. Elsa Navarro (Pima County Sheriff’s Office, AZ); Joshua Arnold (Director of Operations, NIJO), and Tate McCotter (Executive Director, NIJO).  Topics during the break out sessions ranged from the “Dangers of Social Media in Corrections”  to “Dealing with Difficult Employees” and the “Art of Confrontation”.  Sessions throughout the conference were targeted for all levels of corrections from sheriff and jail administrator to line level staff, including a special session just for medical professionals in corrections.

During the afternoon session, sponsors and exhibitors set up in the Exhibit Hall in preparation for the afternoon Welcome Reception.  The Welcome Reception included attendees meeting and mingling with each other as well as with vendor participants.  Attendees enjoyed the event which included hors d’oeuvres and drinks and lots of great prize drawings sponsored by our generous sponsors.

DAY 2 – June 30, 2021

Comedian Eric O'Shea performs at JAILCON21 Western Regional ConferenceWe started on the second day with an awesome Keynote Session.  First up was Comedian Eric O’Shea, who warmed up the Talking Stick Showroom with lots of laughter–which is a testimonial to his talent and humor because it isn’t easy to get a crowd laughing at eight o’clock in the morning!

Following Eric’s tremendous performance, attendees were honored to hear from Keynote Speaker  Craig Johnson.  Craig is a New York Times’ best-selling author of the Longmire mystery series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire.  All attendees were enthralled with Craig’s stories as he walked them through the process of writinY best-selling author Craig Johnson speaks atNIJO's JAILCON21 Western Regional Conferenceg his novel and how it didn’t start to “click” until he started talking to his local sheriff and started doing a lot of research about the law enforcement.  All of his research made him even more grateful for the hard-working men and women in the profession.  He expressed his admiration and appreciation to attendees for all they do to protect and serve.

After the conclusion of the Keynote Session, attendees gathered in the Exhibit Hall to visit with 43 corrections-specific vendors to learn more about their products and services.  Craig Johnson and Eric O’Shea also joined us in the Exhibit Hall to sign books, meet attendees and take pictures with them. Attendees enjoyed the energy in the Exhibit Hall as well as all of the great prizes that were given away during more prize drawings.  NIJO and Arizona Sheriffs’ Association, as well as all conference attendees, express our gratitude to all of our sponsors and exhibitors for their support at JAILCON which helps provide over 30 hours of legal-based training for corrections professionals.

NIJO Express gratitude to our JAILCON21 West Sponsors

The afternoon of the second day consisted of two more 1.5 hour training sessions offerinLegal-Based Training for Detention and Corrections Professionals at JAILCONg five topics per session.  Topics during the afternoon training consisted of titles such as “Jail Ethics in a Brave New World”,  “Qualified Immunity – Under Attack from the Left”, and a 5-person Panel on the top reasons for lawsuits in jails today.  The panel consisted of NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, renowned corrections expert Gary DeLand (President, DeLand & Associates) and attorneys Rachel Love (Partner, Struck Love Bojanowski & Acedo PLC), Blake Hamilton (Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar) and Daryl Audilett (Audilett Law PC).  Training sessions on the 2nd day were taught by: Gary DeLand (President, DeLand & Associates); Lt. Dino Graffious (Pima County Sheriff’s Office); Sgt. Russell Croyle ( Pima County Sheriff’s Office); Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA); Dr. Johnny Bates (CEO, Quality Correctional Health Care); Sgt. Gregory Perks (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, AZ); Sean Stewart (Expert Witness/Ret. Captain, Pima County Adult Detention Center, AZ); Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, MO); David Linderholm (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, AZ), Lt. Elsa Navarro (Pima County Sheriff’s Office, AZ); Joshua Arnold (Director of Operations, NIJO), and Tate McCotter (Executive Director, NIJO).

 

Wednesday evening attendees were treated to a Hawaiian-themed corrections appreciation event at the “Aloha Pool Party” at the Talking Stick Resort’s Sunwatcher Pool Deck and Bar.  Attendees and their guests wore brightly colored Hawaiian shirts and dress and were greeted with leis upon entrance to the party.  It was a beautiful evening for a cornhole tournament, limbo and hula hoop contest and lots more prize drawings.  The highlight of the evening was an amazing Polynesian cultural performance by Tia’s Royal Islanders with hula and exciting fire dancing!  To top it all off, the Phoenix Suns advanced in the NBA finals that night which further added to the night’s success!

JAILCON21 Corrections Appreciation Event

DAY 3 – July 1, 2021

The final day of the conference started off with three 1 hour training blocks, each consisting of five session choices.  The training sessions included topics like “Crime Scene Preservation”, “Correctly Documenting a Use of Force Using the Kingsley Court Case” and “Introduction to Emotional Intelligence”.   These training sessions were taught by top corrections experts from across the country, including: Gary DeLand (President, DeLand & Associates); Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA); Sgt. Gregory Perks (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, AZ);  Sean Stewart (Expert Witness/Ret. Captain, Pima County Adult Detention Center, AZ); Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, MO); Lt. Elsa Navarro (Pima County Sheriff’s Office, AZ); Joshua Arnold (Director of Operations, NIJO), and Tate McCotter (Executive Director, NIJO).

A special “Medical Block” was provided at no charge on Thursday for correctional healthcare professionals.  The topics during this session included:  “Medication-Assisted Treatment and Its Impact on the Opioid Crisis” taught by Catherine Maddux, MSN, FNP-C, CCHP; and “Lessons Learned in Correctional Nursing” by Dawn Tuttle, RN.

JAILCON raises fund for 100 Club of ArizonaThroughout the event, attendees and vendors purchased raffle tickets to earn more chances to win great prizes from our sponsors. All proceeds from the raffle were then donated the 100 Club of Arizona.  NIJO, on behalf of all conference attendees, was proud to present a check for $750 to the 100 Club of Arizona at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 1st.  We appreciate the 100 Club and their unwavering commitment to provide financial assistance to families of first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

 

JAILCON21 Western Region Corrections Professionals Awards

The final event for the conference was an inspiring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon where correctional professionals and agencies from the western region were recognized for their dedication and excellence in the corrections profession throughout their careers, especially during this past year.  During the Awards Ceremony, Jail Commander Don Bischoff (Mohave County Sheriff’s Office) presented the Arizona Sheriffs’ Awards and NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, presented the JAILCON21 Western Region Corrections Professionals Awards.  (See article:  JAILCON21 Western Region Corrections Professionals Awards).

 

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