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Legal Based Jail Training Event To Be Held In New Orleans

Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association are co-hosting the third annual legal based jail training seminar August 31-September 2.  The training event will be held in New Orleans at the Marriott on Convention Center Boulevard and will be conducted by the National Institute for Jail Operations (NIJO).

 Faced with continued scrutiny from the federal courts, sheriffs and jail administrators face a daily challenge of operating local jails in a constitutional manner.  The task has become even more complicated in 2015 with new decisions from the United States Supreme Court on such issues as religious rights of inmates and use of force standards for inmates who are awaiting trial.

 This training event will provide a comprehensive discussion of the various duties imposed on local jail administrators by Supreme Court decisions with in-depth reviews of the cases and rulings.  Hottest current issues facing jail officials will be covered including:

             Duty to Protect:  Intake Screening, medical, mental health and suicide

             Use of Force:  Justification and use of less than lethal force, disturbance control and                    case law review.

 Security Threat Groups

 Protecting Against Personal Damages

 Inmate Access to Religion:  Breakdown of the most recent Supreme Court decision as it  applies to jails.

 Inmate grievances

 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA):  A legal-based review of the Act and the        Department of Justice standards

 The lead training instructor will be Gary DeLand, former Executive Director and current Jail Operations Director of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association and President of DeLand and Associates, Inc.  Over the last forty years, he has provided defense expert witness services and criminal justice training in forty-five states.   He is past Commander of the Jail Division for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Corrections and Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Justice.

 Sean Stewart is a Captain with the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Office and has overseen multiple management and tactical operations.  Sean is a Certified Jail Executive and provides training and defense expert witness services. 

 Mike Haley is Chief Criminal Deputy with the Washington Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office.  He previously worked with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and the Alabama Sheriffs’ Association.  He was Commissioner of Corrections for the Alabama Department of Corrections and Warden of the Mobile County, Alabama, Metro Jail.  Mike has served as an expert defense witness and trainer in sixteen states.  He has served as a trainer for NIJO, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Utah Sheriffs’ Association, the Alabama Sheriffs’ Association and the American Jail Association.

 Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commented on the training.  “When I first became Sheriff, I approached NIJO about hosting training events in Louisiana.  They agreed, and with the cooperation of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, we were able to host the training in New Orleans, drawing more than 100 participants each year from throughout Louisiana and the United States.  This year the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association is joining us as a co-host.”

 Sheriff Seal continued.  “This is a plus for the State of Louisiana, and particularly southeast Louisiana.  It has developed into the premiere legal based jail training event in the state and we hope to continue hosting the event annually for years to come.  Managing the local jail is a risk management venture that takes into consideration federal and state law, federal case law and any other court decision affecting the operation of a local jail.  It is essential that our jail personnel acquire up-to-date information on the legal requirements of running a jail.”

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