All seminars are located at the Kansas City Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal In Jails: A Tool for Jail Administrators, Corrections Officers, and Jail-Based Clinicians

Monday, June 27, at 8:00am in Room 2211

PRESENTERS: Stephen Amos, Chief Jails Division, National Institute of Corrections; and Meg Chapman, Policy Advisor in Corrections, Reentry and Justice Reform Policy Office

DESCRIPTION: The alarming number of preventable deaths from substance withdrawal while in jail custody calls for the implementation of comprehensive withdrawal policies and protocols. Accordingly, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections are developing Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails to provide substantive clinical and correctional guidance on withdrawal management for jail administrators, corrections officers, and jail-based clinicians.


  • Explain key legislation related to substance withdrawal and wrongful death.
  • Describe at least three components of a comprehensive response to substance use disorders.
  • Apply Guidelines for Managing Substance Withdrawal in Jails to establishing and implementing policies and protocol for proper management of substance withdrawal as a critical step in creating a comprehensive response.

Supporting Responses to Mental Illness and Behavioral Health Needs

Monday, June 27, at 9:15am in Room 2211

PRESENTERS: Risë Haneberg, Deputy Division Director, The Council of State Governments Justice Center

DESCRIPTION: Across the country, sheriffs are leading the way in ensuring that their jail staff and contracted jail medical staff identify people with mental illness and behavioral health needs and refer them for clinical assessment, treatment, and support services. Many sheriffs champion this work as part of Stepping Up, a national initiative that is reducing the prevalence of people with mental illness in jails. Now in its seventh year, Stepping Up is encouraging counties to set targets for decreasing the prevalence of mental illness in jails, track their progress, and achieve their goals. This session will feature two sheriff panelists who will discuss their efforts to address mental illness in their jails and in their broader county justice and behavioral health systems, working in collaboration with county stakeholders to accomplish these goals.


  • Understand three criteria for identifying, assessing, and referring people with serious mental illness to treatment after being booked into jail
  • Understand the next focus area of Stepping Up, which includes encouraging counties to set targets, measure their progress, and achieve goals relating to reducing the number of people with mental illness in their jails
  • Identify key components for successful collaboration in their own counties with county stakeholders to address mental illness

Jails Compendium: Community Policing and Procedural Justice in Jails

Monday, June 27, at 10:30am in Room 2211

PRESENTERS: Karen L. Amendola, PhD, Chief Behavioral Scientist, National Policing Institute; and Carrie Hill, Jails Advisor, National Sheriffs’ Association and current Executive Director of MA Sheriffs Association

DESCRIPTION: In this seminar, we will present an overview of the U.S. DOJ, COPS Office funded project on applying community policing and procedural justice in jails. In this project we included featured programs from seven jails, conducted a survey of NSA members who run jails, conducted focus groups with sheriffs and other jail officials, and reviewed the scientific literature. We will introduce the forthcoming publication entitled “Jails Compendium: Adapting Community-Oriented Policing Strategies and Procedural Justice for Jail Communities,” in which we highlight innovating and promising practices implemented in jails. This publication will be available through the COPS Office, the NSA website, and the National Policing Institute website, and a webinar is planned for August 2022.


  • Understand the importance and application of community-oriented policing in jails.
  • Understand the concept of procedural justice in jails and why it is relevant for both interactions with justice-involved individuals and jail staff/personnel.
  • Learn about innovative strategies related to successful re-entry, mental health and substance use programming, and educational and career preparation for incarcerated individuals.

Standards of Care: Mental Health in our Jails and Prisons…Now What?

Wednesday, June 29, at 2:00pm in Room 2211

PRESENTER: Jim Martin, National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)

DESCRIPTION: Correctional health care is public health care – if we can release the inmate population much better than we found them, communities are made safer and stronger. This is how Jim Martin highlights the value of investing in health care in jails and prisons. Right now, jails and prisons are becoming interim mental health facilities. This only stresses the importance of providing mental health care services in detention and correction facilities. The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) aims to provide guidelines and standardize protocols and services provided in jails and prisons surrounding mental health care.


  • Identify legal context for care in correctional facilities
  • Identify and discuss challenges to providing mental health care in a correctional environment
  • Present standards of care that addresses mental health care in correctional facilities

IGNITE: Bringing Culture Change to Incarceration, One Jail at a Time

Wednesday, June 29, at 3:15pm in Room 2211

PANELISTS: Sheriff Chris Swanson, Genesee County (MI); Sheriff David Hutchinson, Hennepin County (MN); Sheriff Garry McFadden, Mecklenburg County (NC); Sheriff Jesse Jahner, Cass County (ND); and Sheriff Antonio Hash, City of Roanoke (VA).

DESCRIPTION: There is an overwhelming number of families all over the country that are experiencing generational incarceration. Mothers and fathers enter the jail, followed by their children, and their children’s children. Sheriff Chris Swanson from Genesee County, Michigan, realized that something had to be done to change this trend.

In September 2020, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson launched I.G.N.I.T.E. (Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education) in his jail. A year later, Swanson and his team partnered with NSA to launch a national initiative to replicate I.G.N.I.T.E. in jails throughout the nation, bringing education, vocational training, and re-entry assistance to inmates.

Since implementing I.G.N.I.T.E., Genesee County Jail has seen a 97% reduction in both inmate on inmate assaults, as well as inmate on staff assaults, and have logged more than 167,000 teaching hours.  Seven other sheriffs nationwide have already implemented, or have begun the process of bringing, I.G.N.I.T.E. in their jails.

This seminar will provide an overview of I.G.N.I.T.E. and then will feature a panel of sheriffs who are currently part of the I.G.N.I.T.E. culture change.  Sheriff Swanson will moderate, and panelists will be asked to discuss both the challenges and benefits they have experienced.  A Q & A session will conclude the seminar.


Effective Communication Strategies with Deaf Offenders Using Sign Language

Wednesday, June 29, at 4:30pm in Room 2211

PRESENTERS: Paul Singleton, Director, Purple Communications

DESCRIPTION: Workshop will focus on how to effectively communicate with deaf offenders who use sign language. New technologies will be demonstrated, including Video Relay Services (VRS) with sign language interpreters.  VRS is a more effective way to communicate than a TTY could for a deaf offender.  Americans with Disabilities Act will be discussed, including federal resources for telecommunication relay services.


  • Learn how today’s technologies can improve effective communication with deaf offenders who use sign language.
  • Learn how Americans with Disabilities Act applies to jails and prisons, including free telecommunication relay services for deaf, speech challenged, or hard of hearing offenders to use.
  • Learn where to get the telecommunication relay services integrated in your jail

Successful Programing for the Most Violent Offender

Thursday, June 30, at 8:00am in Room 2211

PRESENTERS: Andre Norman, CEO, Academy of Hope

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will walk you through how The Academy of Hope program was set up, in an SCDC facility, and currently manges the institution’s most violent offenders and “shot callers.” This program was created in response to the death of seven inmates during a riot in 2018. Since the program has been open, there have been zero inmate fights, staff assaults or weapons found within the program unit.

Below is a link to the news segment highlighting The Academy:



  • Design a custom program for your state
  • Establish trust of inmates
  • Understand the best practices for working with former

A Sheriff’s Guide to the Jail Design Process

Thursday, June 30, at 9:15am in Room 2211

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Chris Sailors, Fulton County (IN) Sheriff’s Office; Michael Gouloff, CEO, Elevatus Architecture; Tony Vie, Partner, Elevatus Architecture; and Doug Dukes, Justice Specialist, Elevatus Architecture

DESCRIPTION: This seminar will highlight the design process of understanding and building, renovating, or adding to a jail. It will address not only current conditions but long-term strategies and growth. It will provide you with a 5-step process by developing a proven study to your Elected officials and your community on why your project is necessary.


  • A feasibility study – Why you need one.
  • Consensus Building – Collaborate without giving up what you want
  • Code Compliance – meeting the needs now with flexibility in the future
  • Future-Minded – Growth oriented design
  • A Case for Prototypes – Save money and time
  • Crisis Diversion – Mental health and substance abuse

Recovery, Reentry and Reality – A conversation about strategies, programming and services that lead to positive outcomes and safer communities.

Thursday, June 30, at 10:30am in Room 2211

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Patrick McDermott, Norfolk County (MA) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: What are the surrounding obstacles that impede recovery and allow reentry to fail? Join us for a conversation on how Sheriffs must be at the forefront in creative thinking, innovation and shifting the conversation to ensure justice involved individuals are set up for success. Hear how one Sheriff is working to change the conversation and create critical safety nets needed in our communities.


  • Implementing change and the mindset from care and custody to care and forward thinking
  • Discussion on the Reentry Education Models and innovative programming that each Sheriff is offering.
  • Establishing community partnerships and work force collaborations that assist in providing Employment Strategic Plans for justice involved individuals.
  • How to create work force development job fairs and the benefits of doing so.
  • Discuss how evidence based curriculum and instructional practices have been the keys to success

Responding to the Urban Jail in Crisis: Improving Morale, Staff Retention, and Facility Safety

Thursday, June 30, at 10:30am in Room 2214

PRESENTERS: Director Diana Knapp, Jackson County (MO) Detention Center; Sergeant Danny Barnes, Jackson County (MO) Sheriff’s Office; and Accreditation Manager Lucas Castilleja, Jackson County (MO) Detention Center

DESCRIPTION: This is a presentation developed based on the recent experience of the Jackson County Detention Center. Presenters will discuss the evolution of the Jackson County Detention Center, a jail in Kansas City, Missouri, a city coping with high violent crime, from an organization repeatedly making national headlines for dangerous and critical incidents to one that has improved staff retention and facility safety significantly. These gains were achieved through a re-evaluation of organizational values, capitalizing on atypical organizational resources, and a firm commitment to integrity in processes. Material presented will provide participants with usable solutions to relevant challenges encountered by diverse types of jurisdictions.


  • Implementing change and the mindset from care and custody to care and forward thinking
  • Discussion on the Reentry Education Models and innovative programming that each Sheriff is offering.
  • Establishing community partnerships and work force collaborations that assist in providing Employment Strategic Plans for justice involved individuals.
  • How to create work force development job fairs and the benefits of doing so.
  • Discuss how evidence based curriculum and instructional practices have been the keys to success