PRESS RELEASE: Administrators from Jails Across the Country Attend Executive Leadership Academy in Utah


Midway, UT  -  Jail and corrections administrators from across the country gathered in Midway, Utah, to attend Class I of ELITE Academy, hosted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO).  ELITE Academy was created by NIJO providing advanced legal-based jail training for jail personnel at the highest level, including sheriffs, jail administrators, wardens, directors, and supervisors.  Forty attendees represented corrections agencies from dozens of states from Washington to Florida in what is being considered the highest level of command training specific to corrections ever offered for jail, detention, and corrections professionals.

The ELITE Academy training curriculum, created and facilitated by NIJO, was taught by nationally renowned experts and attorneys, and covered a variety of critical administrative topics, such as policy and procedure development, constitutional issues, inmate rights, budgeting, inspections and audits, correctional statistics, and core leadership principles.  Beyond the benefits of diving deep into critical aspects of corrections administration and management, attendees had opportunities to connect with leaders from other agencies, discussing solutions to challenges and issues commonly shared by corrections facilities.

Providing legal-based administrative training based on what the Constitution, federal acts, and Supreme Court rulings requires is a key focus for the National Institute for Jail Operations, according to NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter.  “The corrections profession has drastically changed over the last decade.  Aging ‘best practices’ must necessarily be reexamined by administrators who possess a strong understanding of current legal requirements and can effectively apply those legal ramifications to operations within their facilities. This is what ELITE Academy is all about.”  McCotter explained knowing and complying with legal requirements provides other notable benefits.

“Every community has a uniquely designed facility and population with differing needs, varying budgets, and resources.  When a corrections administrator understands what the law requires and can insert that knowledge into policies, procedures, operations, and training, customized solutions can be successfully applied while avoiding costly litigation. This approach also builds confidence and trust with inmates, officers, staff, and the public.  This is an empowering, proactive approach to corrections management very necessary in today’s world”.

Due to the overwhelming response to ELITE Academy, NIJO has already scheduled the next session for May 2-6, 2022 (ELITE Academy II), and the limited space is filling up quickly.  NIJO plans to offer 2-3 sessions of ELITE Academy annually.

Class Photo - ELITE Academy Class I
Attn: Darla Gray

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