JAILCON22 Central Regional Conference Summary

NIJO is pleased to report the success of our 1st annual correction training conference in the Central Region.  Last week, October 13-15, 2022, JAILCON22 Central Regional Conference was held at the Embassy Suites Plainfield in Indianapolis, IN.

 

With this being the first conference held in the central region, we were very pleased with our attendance-- having over 200 corrections professionals from several states  including Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgina, and Wyoming in attendance.

DAY 1 - October 11, 2022



The Opening Session of the conference began with a flag ceremony presented by the Indiana Sheriffs' Association Honor Guard.   A beautiful rendition of the national anthem was then performed by Brooke Haggard who has been performing professionally for 21 years.

Attendees were then fortunate to hear from our amazing Keynote Speaker, retired Navy SEAL and best-selling author, LT Jason Redman.  Jason shared his inspiring story of 21 years serving with the U.S. Navy SEAL teams and his experience in 2007, when he was severely wounded when his team came under heavy machine gun fire outside of Fallujah, Iraq.  Attendees were motivated and inspired by Jason's story and message on how to overcome failure and adversity by getting off the "X".

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: Dr. Steve Sampson (Founder, Institute for Social Intelligence; Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, LA);  Rachel Love (Partner, Struck Love Bojanowski, Acedo, PLC); Blake Hamilton (Partner, Dentons Durham Jones & Pinegar P.C.); Barbara Gould (Owner, Gould Consulting, LLC); Jack Enter (President, Jack E. Enter & Associates); Rob Yantis (Jail Commander, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, SD); Sean Stewart, NCCE (Consultant, Stewart Criminal Justice Consulting);  Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff's Office, MO);  Megan Kennedy, RN, CCHP (Director of Health Services, Cochise County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Bill Wilson (Jail Services Coordinator, Indiana Sheriffs' Association, IN); Kimble Richardson, MS, LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, LCAC (Manager, Business Development and Referrals, Community Health Network); Lt. Nancy Killian (Utah County Sheriff's Office, UT); and Tate McCotter (Executive Director, NIJO).

Topics during the break out sessions ranged from the "The Role of Training, Mentoring and Accountability in Jail Personnel & Managers", and "Conflict Management Techniques" to "Above All We Rise: Correctional Wellness" and "In-Custody Death Investigations".  There was also a 4-person Panel on "Emerging Legal Issues in Corrections".  The panel consisted of NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, attorneys Blake Hamilton (Partner, Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar) and Rachel Love (Partner, Struck Love Bojanowski & Acedo PLC), Bill Wilson (Jail Services Coordinator, Indiana Sheriffs' Association).

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 Area, then everyone attended a Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall where attendees were able to meet Jason Redman, and visit with each other, and conference instructors and sponsors and exhibitors.

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DAY 2 - October 12, 2022

The second day started with a General Session with Sheriff Terry Jungel (Retired/Former Executive Director of the Michigan Sheriffs' Association), Steve Luce (Executive Director, Indiana Sheriffs' Association), featured special guest the Honorable Christopher M. Goff, Indiana Supreme Court Justice, and Tate McCotter (NIJO Executive Director).

After the conclusion of the morning General Session, attendees gathered in the Exhibit Area to visit with 31 corrections-specific vendors to learn more about their products and services.  NIJO and 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.

The afternoon of the second day consisted of two more 1.5 hour training sessions offering five topics per session.  Topics during the afternoon training consisted of titles such as "FBI Codebreaking in Jails",  "Inmate Classification", "Games Inmates Play", and "Hot Issues with Religious Rights Lawsuits".   Training sessions on the 2nd day were taught by:  David Simpson ( Forensic Examiner, Cryptanalysis & Racketeering Records Unit, FBI); Rachel Love (Partner, Struck Love Bojanowski & Acedo PLC); Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff's Office, MO); Bill Wilson (Jail Services Coordinator, Indiana Sheriffs' Association); Steve Sampson, Ph.D. (Retired, College of Justice & Safety, Kentucky State University); Megan Kennedy, RN, CCHP (Director, Detention Health Services, Cochise County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, LA); Barbara Gould (Owner, Gould Consulting LLC); Lt. Nancy Killian (Utah County Sheriff's Office, UT); Blake Hamilton (Partner, Dentons Durham Jones Pingar);  Rob Yantis (Jail Commander, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, SD). 

In addition to these sessions, there was a 6-person panel discussing MAT and dealing with Opioids in jails.  The panel consisted of:  Blake Hamilton (Partner, Dentons Durham Jones Pingar), Rebecca Buhner (Program Director, Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addition), Doug Huntsinger (Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement for the State of Indiana), Kristen Daus, Megan Kennedy RN, CCHP (Director, Detention Health Services, Cochise County Sheriff's Office, AZ), and Steve Luce (Executive Director, Indiana Sheriffs' Association).
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Sadly, our plans for our Corrections Appreciation Event on Wednesday evening had to be altered due to rain.  This required us to make a change from the 60 attendees who planned to compete for the JAILCON Cup in the "Snitch and Ditch 1320" at the Lucas Oil Indianapolois Raceway to 70 attendees competing in a revised "Snitch & Ditch Go Cart Race".  However, despite the last minute change, everyone had a great time go kart racing and fortunately, even though there were a few hair-raising crashes, everyone survived and had tons of fun!  It was no surprise that corrections professionals are highly competitive individuals! Since we weren't able to race two cars, as planned at the Lucas Oil Raceway, we selected champions from our vendors and attendees as follows:

ATTENDEES:

1st Place and Winner of the JAILCON Cup - Rich Kaumo / Sweetwater County, WY
2nd Place - Erik Crooks / Clay County, FL
3rd Place - Rogerick Shannon / Lake County, IN

VENDORS:

  1st Place - Brian Apgar / Smart Communications
2nd Place - Trent Peterson / Rubicon AI
3rd Place - Jason Lawrence / TurnKey Corrections

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DAY 3 - October 13, 2022

The final day of the conference started off with two 1.5 hour training sessions offering five topics per session.  Sessions during the morning included such topics as: "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Response to Resistance (Use of Force)",  and "Key and Tool Control".  Training sessions during these sessions were taught by:  Aaron Dawson (Warden, Morgan County Sheriff's Office, AL);  Jason Gould (Jail Commander, Genesee County Sheriff's Office, MI);  Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff's Office, MO); Rachel Love (Partner, Struck Love Bojanowski and Acedo);  Cisco Ortiz (Vice President Student Affairs, Trine University); Sean Stewart, NCCE (Consultant, Stewart Criminal Justice Consulting); Bill Wilson (Jail Services Coordinator, Indiana Sheriffs' Association); and Rob Yantis (Jail Commander, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, SD).
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The final event of the conference was an inspiring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon where correctional professionals and agencies from the region were recognized for their dedication and excellence in the corrections profession throughout their careers, especially during this past year.  NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, presented the JAILCON22 Central Region Corrections Professionals Awards.

(Read more about the Awards Ceremony: JAILCON22 Central Region Corrections Professionals Awards).
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