September 9-11, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal hosted a three day jail legal issues update in New Orleans. Sheriff Seal joined eleven other Louisiana Sheriffs and a total of ninety-eight participants from five states for the training event.
Training was conducted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO), a training division of the National Sheriff’s Association. Gary DeLand, President of DeLand and Associates from Utah, and past Executive Director of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association, was the primary instructor. DeLand is considered the premier defense expert witness in jail litigation as well as the most sought after legal issues instructor in the nation. His co-instructor was Blake Hamilton, an attorney and private correctional litigation consultant from Salt Lake City.
The comprehensive training focused on constitutional jail requirements found in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Participants were provided not only statutory and case law relating to various jail issues but also practical advice on how to implement jail management procedures designed to help make jails defensible in the event of litigation.
Sheriff Seal stated, “This is the second year our Office has hosted a national training event and we are already planning another one for 2015. It is important that jail officials in all locations be knowledgeable about constitutional issues and how to apply them in the management of their respective jails. My involvement with the National Sheriffs’ Association has been valuable and has enabled our Office to bring national training events to southeast Louisiana. I will continue to bring quality training opportunities to our area so that Sheriffs and their staff personnel can be up-to-date on jail civil liability issues.”
The training was recognized by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association as well as the Committee on Mandatory Legal Education, a division of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Sheriffs were able to earn continuing education credits from the Sheriffs’ Association. Attorneys who were present were able to earn continuing legal education credits.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley serves as a member of the NIJO Jail Training Advisory Committee.
Additional information on national jail training initiatives is available online at www.jailtraining.org