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


Midway, UT  - Jail and correctionsELITE Academy Logo administrators from across the country gathered in Midway, Utah, to attend Class 02 of ELITE Academy, hosted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO).

NIJO created ELITE Academy to provide advanced legal-based jail training for jail personnel at the highest level, including sheriffs, jail administrators, wardens, directors, and supervisors.  Last week, May 2-6, 2022, twenty-five attendees represented corrections agencies from several states from California to South Carolina in what is being considered the highest level of command staff 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 attorneys and corrections experts, and covered a variety of critically important administrative topics ranging from policy development and constitutional issues to inmate rights, budgeting, inspections, correctional statistics, and core leadership principles.  In addition to the benefits of in-depth training on critical aspects of corrections administration and management, attendees had opportunities to connect with leaders from other agencies and to discuss 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”.

Class Photo - ELITE Academy Class 02


The National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO) was formed as the primary resource dedicated to serve those that operate jails, detention, and correctional facilities.  Recognizing the enormous liability an increasing litigation facing administrators, NIJO provides a compilation of legal-based resources and information for agencies to make facilities safer and more secure, proactively defend against frivolous litigation and protect against adverse publicity and liability.
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