All seminars are located at the DEVOS Place Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.


Monday, June 26, at 8:00am




The Importance of In-Custody Intelligence and Data Gathering

Monday, June 26, at 9:15am

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Suffolk County (NY) Sheriff’s Office and Undersheriff Kevin T. Catalina, Suffolk County (NY) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: In law enforcement, an overlooked source of intelligence is correctional settings. In a time of national crisis where crime rates are spiking across the country, utilizing in-custody intelligence is essential to combat this trend. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office understands the value of corrections intelligence and, through utilizing their combined, extensive backgrounds in intelligence and gangs from their service with the NYCDOC and NYPD, Sheriff Toulon and his administration created a comprehensive, forulaic intelligence operations, enhancing collection of in-custody intelligence. Previously presented on at several national conferences, this timely workshop defines in-custody intelligence, provides examples of its value, illustrates the importance of intelligence dissemination, explains the various types of intelligence available in correctional settings and methodologies for collecting in-custody intelligence and will introduce the Corrections Intelligence Center, an innovative initiative and crime reduction strategy from the Sheriff’s Office that will facilitate an intelligence sharing environment that attendees can join or replicate.


  • Identify why intelligence sharing environments are beneficial to the law enforcement community.
  • Define in-custody intelligence.
  • Explain the benefits of in-custody intelligence dissemination to all law enforcement agencies.
  • Name at least two technologies or methods for collecting in-custody intelligence.
  • Name at least one mean of information sharing, both internally and with outside agencies

Supporting the Implementation of the Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails

Monday, June 26, at 10:30am

PRESENTERS: Steven Amos, Chief, Jails Division, National Institute of Corrections, USDOJ and Ruby Qazilbash, Deputy Director of Policy, Bureau of Justice Assistance, USDOJ

DESCRIPTION: Deaths from substance withdrawal while in custody are preventable, and jails and the larger community have a pressing responsibility to implement policy and protocols that will save lives. Recognizing the urgent need to align jail policies with legal, regulatory, and clinical standards, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and National Institute of Corrections developed Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails. Presenters will introduce the Guidelines, describing its purpose, implementation steps, and training and technical assistance opportunities.


  • Recognize the risks and challenges associated with inadequate responses to substance withdrawal among individuals in jail custody.
  • Understand Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails as a critical step in creating a comprehensive response to substance use disorders.
  • Plan for implementation of the Guidelines, tapping training and technical assistance activities made available by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Corrections, and their partners.

Using Technology to Minimize Risk and Increase Jail Classification Accuracy

Tuesday, June 27, at 2:00pm

PRESENTER: Dr. Mitch Javidi, International Academy of Public Safety and Bill Wilson, Directof of Jail Academy, Indiana Sheriffs’ Association

DESCRIPTION: The primary goal of a jail classification plan is to predict inmate behavior so appropriate security measures can be used to provide a reasonably safe environment within the jail. Generally accepted corrections practices for classification within the jail utilize a variety of objective, behavior-based factors to determine appropriate levels of custody. Instruments that measure these factors must be robust, accurate and reliable in order to provide the most accurate housing determination. This workshop will demonstrate how the use of technology can increase the number of and accuracy of measurable data points and predictive risk outcomes classification staff rely on in making inmate housing decisions. In addition, participants will learn how this same technology can reduce and manage the risk and liability jail managers confront daily.


  • Understand the predicted inmate behavior to appropriate security measures that can be used to provide a reasonable safe environment within the jail.
  • Demonstrate how the use of technology can increase the number of and accuracy of measurable data points and predictive risk outcomes classification staff rely on in making inmate housing decisions.
  • How this same technology can reduce and manage the risk and liability jail managers confront daily.


Tuesday, June 27, at 3:15pm




Healthy People, Healthy Business: Staff Wellness Matters!

Tuesday, June 27, at 4:30pm

PRESENTERS: Misganaw Beyene MPH, MSc, MCHES, Associate Correctional Health Specialist, Office of Correctional Health, American Correctional Association; Sonya J. Gillespie, Chief, Denver Sheriff Administration, City and County of Denver; and Regina DeRiggi, LADAC, NCAC II, QCS, Retention and Wellness Specialist

DESCRIPTION: Employees are the biggest valuable assets in corrections, especially when managed, trained, and appropriately utilized for success. Corrections rely on well-trained, experienced, and devoted workforces to provide their community with the most cost-effective required security service and stay on track with the larger mission of public safety.

The physcially and mentally demanding work conditions in correctional seettings are associated with numerous health and performance outcomes like exhaustion, physcological distress, dissatisfaction, and impaired work ability. Historically, more atention has been given to the wellness of justice -involved individuals, but limited atttention and effort have been givien to maintaining the health and wellness of corrections staff. Maintaining a physically and mentally sound correctional workforce that can respond to numerous stressful job environments in correction is crucial.

Corrections need to invest in employee wellness programs to create a healthier workforce, improve employee morale, improve performance, attract talented workers, reduce absenteeism, and enhance the decision-making and productivity of the employees.


  • Participants will be able to understand the importance of solid Staff Wellness Programs in the corrections business.
  • Participants will be able to explore various resources on staff wellness.
  • Participants will be able to improve their exisiting staff Wellness Program.

ignite: implementation for small jails

Wednesday, June 28, at 2:00pm

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Chris Hilton, Sandusky County (OH) Sheriff’s Office, Major Jody Hatfield, Sandusky County (OH) Sheriff’s Office and Program Coordinator Carlee Fairbanks, Sandusky County (OH) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: The I.G.N.I.T.E. Implementation in Small Jails seminar is designed to provide small jail administrators and staff with a comprehensive understanding of the I.G.N.I.T.E. (Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education) program and guide them through the process of implementing it within their facilities. This seminar will cover the key components of the program, including education, job training, and post-incarceration work opportunities for inmates, as well as the measurable impact it has on reducing violence in jails. Participants will also learn about the customizable playbook developed by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) to facilitate the implementation process.

The seminar will provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to successfully implement the I.G.N.I.T.E. program in small jails and make a positive impact on the lives of incarcerated individuals.


  • Understand the core principles and objectives of the I.G.N.I.T.E. program: Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the I.G.N.I.T.E. program and its goals, including the importance of education, job training, and post-incarceration opportunities in reducing recidivism rates and fostering positive growth in inmates.
  • Identify the steps and strategies for implementing I.G.N.I.T.E. in small jails: Participants will learn about the step-by-step process of implementing the I.G.N.I.T.E. program in small jail settings. They will explore strategies for overcoming challenges specific to small jails, such as limited resources and staffing, and adapt the program to suit their facilities’ needs.
  • Utilize the NSA IGNITE customizable playbook: Participants will become familiar with the customizable playbook developed by the NSA to guide jails through the implementation process. They will learn how to tailor the playbook to fit the unique requirements and characteristics of their small jails, ensuring a smooth and successful implementation.
  • Establish local partnerships within their communities: Participants will gain insights into how to identify and establish local partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions, and job training providers to support the implementation of I.G.N.I.T.E. in their small jails. They will learn effective strategies for engaging stakeholders and fostering collaboration.

A Sheriff’s Guide to the Jail Design Process – a Shift to Mental Health

Wednesday, June 28, at 3:15pm

PRESENTERS: Michael Gouloff, CEO, Elevatus Architecture

DESCRIPTION: As an experienced justice design firm serving 40+ years as county sheriffs, we have consistently seen the issues that plague our county jail systems. Our presentation intends to inform Sheriff’s Offices of the proper steps and guidance for the jail design process.
This includes a more profound conversation into the medical well-being and mental health support we can provide through proper design to support the incarcerated and officer safety and recruitment.


  •  The Study – Why you need one. Studies help guide the process and give everyone the necessary information on what you have. It can also help direct needed changes to improve efficiency and operational efficiency.
  • Consensus Building – The Sheriff knows their facility. We’ve heard repeatedly that a Sheriff may only know how their facility is supposed to operate. Stressing the hurdles of any public works project, especially a jail, takes time. Proper diagnosis and problem-solving require collaboration between the Department, the County, and the Public.
  • Code Compliance – Keeping your facility up to code with various requirements and recommendations sometimes requires the assistance of a knowledgeable design firm. We’ve seen various non-compliance issues and can help determine when the right time is to engage with a firm or even keep them on retainer for the most pressing issues.
  • Future-Minded – When designing a new facility, one of the most critical factors is building flexibility and “”future-proofing”” your jail. Spending time on growth factors and expansion capabilities proves beneficial for the facility’s lifetime.
  • A Case for Prototypes – The Sheriff, Commissioners, Construction Manager, and any other designated project team member can walk through the prototype before finalizing the drawings, allowing even the most minor details to be adjusted. Accepting a design already complete means significantly less work for the design team, which means a significant fee reduction. That could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the County.
  • Crisis Diversion – Mental health and Opioid usage are drowning the jail’s capacity. Facilities are needed to address these issues and offer a rehabilitative program to assist in the recovery of these individuals.

Jails & Justice  support center: a case study on mental health, substance use disorder, and use of force

Wednesday, June 28, at 4:30pm

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Jim Skinner, Collin County (TX) Sheriff’s Office and Panda Adkins, Program Director, Jails and Justice Support Center/CNA 

DESCRIPTION: The most fundamental goal of every jail is to maintain a safe, secure, and humane environment for the staff, incarcerated population, and visitors. While this mandate may seem simplistic, jails are complex ecosystems with a number of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders concentrated in a confined space. This workshop will highlight a contemporary scenario the Collin County, TX jail experienced when mental health, substance use disorders, and use of force collided. It will further illustrate how the leadership and staff of the Collin County Jail evaluated and expanded their strategies for managing the evolving nature of a 21st century jail. In coordination with the Jails and Justice Support Center (JJSC), participants will receive a brief overview of the JJSC, have an opportunity to engage in peer learning, and share their input on three core topics: mental health, substance use disorder, and use of force.