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36th Annual

CONFERENCE &JAIL EXPO Orlando, Florida April 9 –12, 2017



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General Information This conference preview highlights all the key activities for AJA’s 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo on April 9–12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. In these pages, we provide you with advance information on conference registration,* workshops, housing, membership, and travel. Read about our 2017 conference co-hosts in Orlando—the Orange County Corrections Department—on page 21. NEW THIS YEAR! When you purchase a Corrections Professional registration, you also receive a ticket to the AJA Awards Banquet. AJA’s Annual Conference & Jail Expo is the only national event that focuses exclusively on local jails and detention facilities. In addition, we provide jail professionals—from line officer to jail administrator— with need-to-know education, networking, and partnerships! See page 27 for a By the Numbers from last year’s conference in Austin to learn the benefits of attending. The American Jail Association looks forward to you joining us in Orlando as we work together to Breakthrough to Excellence.

What Our Conference Offers:

Registration Benefits*:

Jail Expo

Access to information on current ground-breaking topics and cutting-edge issues affecting the operation of jail facilities.

Sunday AJA Luncheon & Business Meeting.

Tangible ways to successfully adapt to the rapid pace of change.

Monday morning Plenary Session.

Innovative options for the better management of inmates.

Sunday evening Grand Opening of the Jail Expo.

Admittance to all training workshops. Admittance to the Jail Expo on Monday and Tuesday.

New methods of dealing with budgetary constraints.

Two complimentary lunch vouchers for the Jail Expo.

First look at new and emerging technologies, products, and services.

AJA Awards Banquet Dinner Ticket.

Join AJA and local officials for the Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 9th. Following the ceremony, the Jail Expo is open from 5:30p.m.–7 p.m. The Jail Expo is also open on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. These hours are exclusive; no other activities are planned during these hours. To register today for the AJA’s 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo, visit, or complete the registration form on page 23 and return it to AJA.

Networking opportunities with your peers from facilities across the Nation.

*For Guest & Student Registrations, see page 22.


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Facility Tours Visit the Orange County Corrections Department! Sign-up for facility tours is near Registration in the Orlando World Center Marriott on Saturday, April 8, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Conference Questions? Please contact AJA at 301–790–3930 or send us an e-mail.

General Information & Housing Alyssa Barnum, ext. 501

Attendee Registration Michele Florian, ext. 101

Exhibits & Sponsorship Information Jackie Ravenet, ext. 202 Nico Gentile, ext. 200

Workshop Information Patty Vermillion, ext. 302 Connie Lacy, ext. 300

AJA 2017 Conference Mobile App Maximize your conference experience! Our official conference app has everything you’ll need to get the most from the AJA Annual Conference & Jail Expo:

Get Your Vacation On! Since you’re already joining AJA for the Annual Conference & Jail Expo in Orlando, why not extend your visit into a vacation? AJA has partnered with Visit Orlando to offer discounted coupons for nearby theme parks. For more information, visit or call Alyssa at 301–790–3930, ext. 501.

Stay up-to-date on conference news, updates, and social media. Browse all conference sessions, speakers, and exhibitors. Build your own conference schedule. Navigate the Jail Expo floor with an interactive map.

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Orlando, Florida

Credit from left to right: Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts, Walt Disney World, and Visit Orlando

Our 2017 Host City: Orlando, Florida Nestled in the heart of the central Florida Sun Belt, the city of Orlando needs little introduction as it is a favorite getaway for visitors from countries all around the world. Before theme parks and hotels, Orlando was a land of cowboys, pastures, and rolling hills covered with citrus trees. Now it is the 26th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Known as the “The City Beautiful” and “Theme Park Capital of the World,” Orlando’s numerous theme parks and water parks do not disappoint—and neither does the world-class dining, spas, shows, golf courses, and more. Called America’s favorite leisure destination, we found even more reasons why you need to attend AJA’s 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo.


After the conference, a world of fun awaits you—from thrilling new attractions and tempting new restaurants to championship golf and a plethora of shopping or outdoor adventures. Orlando is in the midst of its largest expansion in recent history with something new and different to discover each time you visit, including the new 400foot Orlando Eye that offers the best views of central Florida. With so many new and exciting restaurants and experiences waiting for you, you may want to come early or stay a few extra days to explore everything Orlando is offering. Credit: Visit Orlando & Hello! Florida


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Breakthrough to Excellence

Training & Education


We understand the importance of training and education for jail professionals in the field. At the AJA Conference & Jail Expo, you can participate in the best of the best training offered for your profession— with a focus on specialized tracks.

Top Five

Reasons for Attending the 2017 AJA Conference & Jail Expo

2 Hot Industry Products Meet with more than 200 vendors who are showcasing the most current jail products, technologies, and resources to help make your facility even more stellar.

5 Excitement and Relaxation There are so many opportunities for attendees to have fun and to relax with AJA in Orlando! For more info on what Orlando offers, visit

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Membership Benefits AJA can only be as active and engaging as our membership. Come to our conference and add your voice with others in the corrections field. Together we can lead corrections into the future!

Networking Opportunities With 900+ conference attendees, the AJA Conference & Jail Expo is the perfect opportunity to network with your peers across the Nation, sharing new ideas and strategies for improving your jail operations.

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Conference Overview Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Visit for more information and updates.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8 a.m.–Noon Special Topics Saturday

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Attendee Registration

9 a.m.–Noon Attendee Registration

1 p.m.–5 p.m. Special Topics Saturday

8:30 a.m.–10 a.m. Plenary Session

9 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Workshops

1 p.m.–5 p.m. Attendee and Exhibitor Registration

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Exhibitor Registration

TBD Facility Tours

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Jail Expo

1 p.m.–4 p.m. Workshops

1 p.m.–5 p.m. Facility Tour Sign-Up Space Limited!

Sunday, April 9, 2017 8 a.m.–9 a.m. Nondenominational Worship Service 7:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Attendee and Exhibitor Registration 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Facility Tour Sign-Up Space Limited!

2 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshops TBD Facility Tours 6 p.m.–10 p.m. Hospitality Events*

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Criminal Justice Student Day 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Attendee Registration

8 a.m.–3 p.m. Exhibitor Setup

8 a.m.–10 a.m. Workshops

8 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Workshops

TBD Facility Tours

11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. AJA Luncheon & Business Meeting

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Exhibitor Registration

1:30 p.m.–5 p.m. Workshops 4 p.m.–5 p.m. New Attendee Orientation 5:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Jail Expo Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. Grand Opening of Jail Expo

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Jail Expo 2 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshops TBD Facility Tours

*These activities may be held at locations outside the Orlando World Center Marriott.

6 p.m.–7 p.m. Attendee Reception 7 p.m.–10:30 p.m. AJA Awards Banquet 2017 AJA Conference Preview Guide


Hotel and Conference Venue

Getting There By Plane The Orlando International Airport (MCO) has nonstop service to 80 domestic destinations and over 30 international destinations on more than 35 scheduled airlines. The hotels are both located 20 minutes from the airport via MEARS shuttle for $23 per person (one way), $37 per person (round trip), or taxi for an estimated $55 (one way).


A L OR By Train

Amtrak’s Silver Service/Palmetto Line offers service from New York and Miami, and numerous cities in between. The train station is a 30-minute drive to both hotels.

Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Drive | Orlando, Florida Conference Host Hotel

In 2017, our Host Hotel and Conference Venue are one and the same. We are excited to offer attendees the ease and convenience of a hotel and conference venue in one. In addition, the hotel is a short distance from the most popular theme parks that central Florida has to offer. This impressive resort hotel and convention floor features the utmost in amenities, meeting space, recreation, and dining options. Among the dining options are an acclaimed steakhouse, Japanese steakhouse, an urban Italian offering, coffee shop, and more. Additional amenities include an outdoor pool, Kid’s Activity Center, nightly Laser Light Show, golf course, fitness center, and spa.

By Car The Orlando World Center Marriott and Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village are 2 hours from Tampa, 2 hours from Jacksonville, and 4 hours from Miami. The parking fees at the Orlando World Center Marriott will be 50% off the stated parking rate for AJA attendees. Parking at the Fairfield Inn will be complimentary for AJA attendees.

Discounted Travel AJA has secured multiple discounts for airfare, car rental, and airport shuttle transportation with the vendors below. For more information, visit

Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista 8615 Vineland Avenue | Orlando, Florida Overflow Hotel

A short seven-minute drive from the Orlando World Center Marriott, the Fairfield Inn & Suites is a spectacular housing option for AJA attendees. The bright rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and desks with ergonomic chairs, as well as minifridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Family suites are available with bunk beds, based on availability and for an additional fee. Complimentary amenities include hot breakfast, parking, and a shuttle to Disney® theme parks. There’s also a convenience store, an outdoor pool, and an exercise room, plus laundry facilities. AJA is not providing shuttle transportation from the Fairfield Inn & Suites to the Orlando World Center Marriott.


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Turn to page 24 for the 2017 Conference Housing Rates and Reservation Information.

s c i p o T l a i c e p S



This year’s Special Topics Saturday at AJA’s 2017 Conference & Jail Expo in Orlando is bigger and better. AJA is proud to provide these complimentary all-day workshops on Saturday, April 8th at the Orlando World Center Marriott. At no additional cost, participants can choose from several timely workshops. Please check the one you would like to attend:

PREA Coordinator Forum This day-long session is open to PREA coordinators. Space is limited. Presenters include PREA coordinators, faculty of the National PREA Resource Center Auditor Training Program, and USDOJ Senior Attorney on the PREA Workgroup. PREA coordinators have an opportunity to share with their peers and present questions and challenges to the panel. Please bring a copy of the standards and be prepared with questions. Don’t miss your chance to spend a day with your colleagues to discuss investigations, leadership, audits, collaboration with outside agencies, staffing, and much more!

Reentry/Reintegration The day costs you nothing! What can your agency gain? Bed Space! Increased Public Safety! Community Partners! A majority of inmates will return to the community. What are you doing to improve the chance of success? This all-day session is broken into four workshops to give attendees an overview of components of successful reentry and re-integration programs. Partner collaboration, data collection, budget impact, transition to the community, and programming are discussed around this critical component of corrections.

Civilian Personnel: Leaders in the Making This special session is designed to help support personnel, supervisors, and managers assess their own mindsets and adjust accordingly to the new leadership paradigms. It also equips them with the basic tools, such as planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and communicating. This workshop is designed to examine and appreciate not only their roles as leaders, but more so the dynamics of teams and the importance of teamwork. Spend the day with our instructors addressing effective communication, coaching and mentoring, team-building, conflict management, and building morale.

Mental Health First Aid: Tools for Use by Staff in a Jail Environment Participants in this workshop learn how to access “free” mental health training that may be available in their jurisdictions. Having a great partnership with behavioral health providers opens the door for an assortment of hands-on training opportunities useful for interaction with those who live with mental illness and are incarcerated. Mental health first aid training is a critical block of instruction that can augment the skills already possessed by custody staff.

Jails: Build, Expand, Design, Refurbish We have designed a workshop that addresses the many facets of any construction process. Whether you are in the predesign or preparation planning stage or have moved into the final design and construction phase, join us for this day-long session. The day begins with an overview of the construction flow chart. This allows to you to choose which of the two different tracks would benefit you and your team for the rest of the day. One set of instructors helps those participants in the beginning stages of planning and the second set of instructors covers the more advanced stages of construction. Hear from your colleagues who have been through all the stages of the jail construction—benefit from their experiences and get the tools to make an action plan for your project.

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Space is limited! Register today. There is no charge for the Saturday workshops; however, you must register to attend using the form on the right. If you have any questions, please contact Patty Vermillion at 301–790–3930, ext. 302 or

Phone:____________________________________ E-mail:___________________________________ You may fax this form to 301–790–2941 or register at

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Workshop Overview Certification


• Becoming a Leader: How Earning the CJM Designation Puts You on Top • CJO Online Exam Easy as 1, 2, 3 • The Trainer Stands Out: The Importance of the CCT Designation

• Behavioral Managment Unit: Policies, Procedures, Pitfalls • Body Cameras in Jail: Are They Worth It? • De-Escalation and You • Development and Implementation of PMIS for a Jail Environment • Emergency Response Team: What Are the Benefits? • Suicides and Critical Incident Staff Debriefings • Use-of-Force Investigation and Documentation: Getting Back to Basics • Victims Behind Bars: Identify and Address the Sex Trafficking of Women Offenders Cosponsored by NIC

Direct Supervision • Direct Supervision Works in Any Size Jail • Keeping the Passion in the Practice • Successful Direct Supervision Jails: Building Design or Operating Philosophy?

Leadership • Crisis Leadership Cosponsored by NIC • Ethics in Leadership—Those Are Not Just Words! • Four Elements of an Effective “People” Strategy • Getting Out of Your Own Way: Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level • Hiring and Retaining the Best: Improving the CO Hiring Process • How to Effectively Motivate Your Employees for Peak Performance • Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Implementation in a Jail • The Leadership Puzzle

Legal/Legislative • An Apple-A-Day Keeps the Lawyers Away • From the Hill: AJA Working for You in the Nation’s Capital • Human Resources and the Law: Strategies for a Good Relationship • Legal Issues Overview: Balancing Risk Management and Your Operations • Legal Issues Update Cosponsored by NIC • Legislative Agenda of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sheriff’s Offices • Solitary Confinement Act and the Evolving Changes with ACA Standards • Update in Correctional Healthcare Law and Ethics • Which Side Are You On? Labor Law

Mental Health/Healthcare • Death by Detoxification • Harm Reduction: Strategies for Reducing Negative Outcomes from Drug Use in Jails • Hot and Hotter Topics: Staying Current in a Changing Environment • Hot Off the Wire: Managing the Mentally Ill in Your Jail • Managing the Psychotic Inmate • Should I Contract Out Healthcare? And If So, How? • Stepping Up So You Don’t Tap Out: Reducing Your Jail’s Mentally Ill Burden • Stress Management in a Detention Setting • Suicides and Self-Injurious Behavior: Is Your Jail Prepared to Prevent These Critical Incidents? • The Silent Tsunami: Managing Alzheimer’s and Geriatrics in Your Jail • Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting: Common Pitfalls in Interpreting NCCHC Standards

PREA • Hot Off the PREA Press! Latest on Compliance Guidance and Audits • Hot Off the PREA Press! Standards that Continue to Challenge • PREA Coordination with Your Local Rape Crisis Center • Utilizing the PREA Assessment Tool to Appropriately Classify Offenders

Programs • Inmate Construction Program • Inmate Programs in California and Texas: Sharing the Same Challenges • Redesign of a Jail’s Programming • Secure Tech-Enabled Education: How to Harness the Power of Education • Serving Those Who Served: Strategies for Incarcerated Veterans • Smart Justice: Leveraging Data to Implement Evidence-Based Decision-Making • The JPC Project: Using Progressive Models and Modern Technology to Optimize Jail Operations • Using Corrections-Based CIT in the Jail

Special Topics • Are We Making Them Worse? Classifying for Facility Programming • Determining and Defending Your “Operational Capacity” • Developing Pride, Professionalism, and Passion in an Urban Jail Setting • Do You Control It? Staffing, Expenditures, Capital Funding • Got Conflict? Starting a Conversation of Cultural Change • Gunslingers, Gamblers, and Outlaws: Frontier Kansas Jails • Keeping Good Officers Good: Stress Management and Other Tools • Life Beyond the Walls of Jail: Building a Working Relationship with Community Services • One Is the Loneliest Number

Training Personnel • From Classroom to Keyboard: Cutting Costs with a Web-Based Training Program • Internet Research Skills for Trainers 2.0 • Ready, Set, Action: Using Scenarios to Enhance the Training Experience • Speaking for Influence • Training’s Responsibility in the Work Culture

Tribal Nations • Bureau of Indian Affairs Detention Standards 2010 for Long-Term Detention • Developing MOA-MOUs for Healthcare/Programs and Services in Indian Country Jails

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Workshop Descriptions Certification Becoming a Leader: How Earning the CJM Designation Puts You on Top Members of the Jail Manager Certification Commission (JMCC) simplify the application and qualification process for the Certified Jail Manager (CJM) examination. They discuss how advantageous the CJM certification is for jail administrators, supervisors, and managers, and why it adds value to your agency. Learn how much easier the new application and testing process is! In addition, the JMCC holds a fun contest with CJM test questions—see if your team comes out on top!

CJO Online Exam Easy as 1, 2, 3 AJA’s new registration and examination process for the Certified Jail Officer (CJO) certification is simpler than ever. This interactive workshop explains step-by-step how to apply for the CJO certification and take the exam online.

The Trainer Stands Out: The Importance of the CCT Designation Members of the Correctional Trainer Certification Commission (CTCC) lead you through the process of becoming a Certified Correctional Trainer (CCT). They provide insight on why trainers are important to every agency, the qualifications an applicant needs, and what to expect on the examination. Start the process to become a CCT today!

Direct Supervision Direct Supervision Works in Any Size Jail Participants learn that the practice of direct supervision works in smaller jails just as well as larger-sized facilities. Staff must acknowledge different populations and different operational challenges. Our panel administers some of the most progressive smaller direct supervision jails. Join them in learning how they make do with less specialized staff, where everybody knows your name, and you’re expected to be a contender every day!

Keeping the Passion in the Practice Direct supervision is 30 years young. Unfortunately, the practice has led to a divide between those who do and don’t practice its tenants. AJA calls upon the experience of two of the founders to share with you the passion they possess behind their demonstrated successful practices of the nine principles. We are excited to present you with an emotional déjà vu for those who want to practice direct supervision inmate management.


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Successful Direct Supervision Jails: Building Design or Operating Philosophy? This workshop explores the reasons for successful operations in three very different designs of direct supervision jail facilities: Onondaga County Justice Center (N.Y.), Norfolk County Jail (Mass.), and Denver County Jail (Colo.), as well as plans for the newest direct supervision jail planned in Santa Barbara County (Calif.). Because many county jails are designed with direct supervision architecture, facility design features are discussed, as well as early transition efforts, shifting programing needs, policy and procedure adjustments, and administrator turnover—all in the context of the physical structure of the facilities and the evolving organizational philosophy of direct supervision. The focus also looks to the future of direct supervision and how to use the experiences of past success to plan for a future of success.

Leadership Crisis Leadership Cosponsored by NIC Crises cost time, money, customers and careers, and, in the worst of scenarios, lives. According to studies, 77% of crises are smoldering issues before they become an actual crisis. It is important to perform a crisis audit within your organization so that you minimize your reputational risk. This workshop explores the definition, anatomy, and early warning signs of crisis; the importance of organizational muscle memory; how to lead and what to communicate to enhance stakeholder trust and confidence; the nuances of crisis leadership, strategy, and communications; and the immediate steps to protect your people, secure your assets, and strengthen your brand. Are you ready to tell your story and meet the leadership moment?

Ethics in Leadership—Those Are Not Just Words! This interactive session begins by identifying major ethical issues in leadership. Learn how ethics frame your reputation and affect your facility and those on your team. Instructors show you how to apply ethical standards to your leadership style and identify reallife situations not normally seen as an ethical issues. Together with your colleagues, experience the difference between leadership and management. The ethics you display today shape your present and future—now is the time for your organizational culture to address ethics in leadership by all those who represent your facility.

Four Elements of an Effective “People” Strategy This energetic, high-energy workshop focuses on four areas that address the challenge of getting and keeping good people: recruitment, background investigations, probation process, and performance evaluations. Participants learn how agencies can build a wide, broad, and deep applicant pool. They discuss the elements of an effective background investigation and how to maximize the effectiveness of pre-hiring protocols. Other topics include the common objections to firing probationary employees and strategies to enhance organizational accountability through

the probationary process. From analyzing the job description and setting goals to interim feedback and preparation of the document, participants are also provided with strategies for conducting productive performance evaluations.

Getting Out of Your Own Way: Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level As leaders, we are faced with personal and organizational challenges, but it is our own “stuff” that always creates the biggest problems. We are our own worst enemy and often create undue stress on ourselves and others because of our perceptions, reactions, and unmanaged “stuff.” The truth is that the only person we can ever really control is ourselves. This workshop challenges participants to examine their personal barriers to success and provides them with strategies to improve their approaches to both life and leadership. Participants can expect to obtain a new perspective on leadership, strategies to more effectively manage their personal and professional challenges, and empowerment to make the changes necessary to “get out of their own way.”

Hiring and Retaining the Best: Improving the CO Hiring Process How can jails improve their hiring process—recruitment through screening? How do jails work with human resources, overcoming barriers, inertia, “rules,” and fiscal constraints? This interactive session addresses the critical elements of the recruitment and hiring process. With your colleagues, identify the barriers and challenges of working with the local government’s human resources. Be ready to critique your jail’s current hiring process and ask “why do we do that?” Also, recognize the link between hiring practices and outcomes. Instructors help you to develop strategies for a more effective applicant screening that eventually saves time, money, and frustration.

How to Effectively Motivate Your Employees for Peak Performance Leadership is mainly an art; but based on the latest neuroscience, there is a biological response to effective leadership. Participants are introduced to the natural chemicals that the human brain produces in the work environment and how effective or ineffective leadership induces the positive or negative neurotransmitters that can affect overall performance and morale.

Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Implementation in a Jail This workshop is a powerful lesson in personal change. The principles of the 7 Habits focuses on character-building that can be used in corrections for both leadership and as an inmate program. The Collier Jail has successfully used 7 Habits on the inside in conjunction with jail programs such as cell dog and project recovery. These same techniques have also been taught in the Southwest Florida Jail Leadership Initiative.

The Leadership Puzzle The “Leadership Puzzle” takes the many pieces we have learned from various sources about being an effective leader and puts them together in a vivid picture. We explore the leadership evolution and how today’s methodology relates to the multicultural, multi-generational workforces that we all supervise. The workshop focuses on two philosophies essential to successfully leading in today’s environment—the four “Ts” of relationship building and the three “Cs” of effective leadership. The workshop encourages attendee participation to discuss real-case scenarios that worked well or ones that didn’t work. This allows us to learn from each other and enhance our ability to focus on positive leadership with winning outcomes.

Legal/Legislative An Apple-A-Day Keeps the Lawyers Away We all want arrestees to return to the community from our jail in the same (or better) shape than when they came in. Certainly no jail chief plans for our residents to have a bad medical outcome. But not everyone plans as well as they can to avoid these bad outcomes. Based on examination of hundreds of medical records and participation in scores of litigation in State and Federal court, the speaker distills that experience to a “Top Ten (or so) List” of things jail administrators should do (or monitor others doing) to keep their residents healthy (and themselves out of court).

From the Hill: AJA Working for You in the Nation’s Capital Join us as AJA’s Executive Director Robert J. Kasabian leads a discussion on what the American Jail Association is doing to serve and support your interests in Washington, D.C. Learn how the efforts of your association leaders impact and benefit the legislation that affects the daily operations of jails. See how active participation in round tables and hearings help our Nation’s leaders to understand the challenges facing you as you enter your facility each day.

Human Resources and the Law: Strategies for a Good Relationship This training gives any staff working in a human resources capacity, along with any and all supervisors, the tools they need to succeed. Managers (management and line staff) learn to lead in accordance with the law. Whether you have just stepped into your role as a manager or are a seasoned leader, together we establish parameters to navigate your employee relationships on topics including EEOC regulations, FMLA, accommodations, discrimination, harassment prevention, and more. By the end of this workshop, you can utilize basic principles under the law for better decision-making, effective problem-solving skills, and mitigate your litigation exposure. If you manage staff, you need this course. 2017 AJA Conference Preview Guide


Workshop Descriptions Legal Issues Overview: Balancing Risk Management and Your Operations Risk management and operations are synonymous in managing the 21st century jail. Learn, listen, lament, and ask the panelists your legal questions. Our panel addresses use of force, healthcare, PREA, employment issues, and the balancing tests so commonly misunderstood in America’s jail and detentions operations.

Legal Issues Update Cosponsored by NIC The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Jails Division is sponsoring a two-part legal issues update. Join nationally known correctional law attorneys as they discuss recent Supreme Court activity and significant lower court decisions that affect jails across the Nation. Participants also receive the most recent information on trends affecting how we manage our jails. Audience participation with questions and answers is an important feature of both of these workshops.

Legislative Agenda of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sheriff’s Offices With your participation, our panelists reflect upon ideas, stakeholder mapping, emerging detention and jail administration trends, and how legislation is birthed, filed, debated, and ultimately enacted within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nine county sheriffs operate dual-accredited jail facilities. You learn the importance of how accreditation, a strong mission, and a set of common values guides lobbying efforts and unity.

Solitary Confinement Act and the Evolving Changes with ACA Standards In response to various Federal legislation and current trends in our profession affecting conditions in restricted housing and the treatment of mentally ill offenders, the American Correctional Association has acted by developing revisions to current ALDF Standards and proposing sweeping changes to performancebased standards to be field tested during 2017. Whether you currently manage an ACA-accredited jail or just want to learn more, your attendance at this workshop will enhance your understanding of restrictive housing options, and opportunities.

Update in Correctional Healthcare Law and Ethics Jails have unique legal and ethical concerns around the provision of healthcare. Jail staff need to understand principles of health law and ethics as they apply to correctional environments, as well as special interactions between criminal justice and healthcare. Topics include access to care, informed consent, deliberate indifference, HIPAA law, restrictive housing, medical grievances, high-risk situations, and PREA. The presenters, an attorney, and a physician encourage audience participation while working to understand important legal and ethical principles in correctional healthcare. 14

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Which Side Are You On? Labor Law This training updates you in notable labor and employment lawrelated cases as well as how to apply the principles to everyday management. We discuss strategies for effective communication between management and line staff, covering such topics as bargaining, hiring, termination, discrimination, and more. Topics to introduce also include updates from the NLRB, DOL, and the EEOC. This training also focuses on attention to progressive discipline and how this tool can make for easier dispute resolution and protect from overturned disciplines. Be on the successful side of labor law—learn the fundamentals here.

Mental Health/Healthcare Death by Detoxification It is important that jail administrators and staff recognize that managing detoxification and withdrawal is increasingly complex given the multitude of inmates entering the jail with polysubstance abuse issues. In addition to dealing with the serious medical need issues related to alcohol and benzodiazepine withdrawal, the explosion of heroin use requires a focus on opiate withdrawal as well. This workshop examines the basic issues surrounding the medical needs associated with detoxification and withdrawal in a correctional environment. Attendees learn methods of assessment, intervention protocols, and legal implications for not intervening in regard to withdrawal and detoxification events.

Harm Reduction: Strategies for Reducing Negative Outcomes from Drug Use in Jails Jails can be at the vanguard for harm reduction and drug treatment. For the purposes of this workshop, harm reduction is defined as “a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.” This workshop provides an overview of harm reduction interventions, from the provision of bleach, condoms, opiate substitution therapy and syringe exchange programs that have been safely and successfully implemented in jails and prisons around the world. The introduction of these programs did not lead to disorder in prisons or increased drug use, and syringes were not used as weapons against staff or fellow inmates. This workshop reviews these interventions in detail and explores the potential for implementation of harm reduction in U.S. correctional settings.

Hot and Hotter Topics: Staying Current in a Changing Environment This workshop offers a fast-paced examination of an array of healthcare delivery problems facing jail professionals. Random topics are introduced through the use of slides and short synopses of the topics’ effects on jails. The facilitators provide information from different perspectives in order to challenge

existing conventional wisdom or to further clarify information. The result is a discussion by jail professionals with different backgrounds and experiences and from different parts of the country. There is no better venue to engage knowledgeable, local corrections professionals nor any better way to facilitate peer-topeer sharing of important information.

Stepping Up So You Don’t Tap Out: Reducing Your Jail’s Mentally Ill Burden

Jails have become the new asylums as they are often forced to take on the responsibility of treating the mentally ill and the associated liability. This workshop discusses the essential components necessary to develop an effective mental health program. It details the roles that security, medical, and community stakeholders play in the treatment of the mentally ill. Attendees review case law associated with the treatment and housing of the mentally ill. Obstacles to creating a mental health program are also highlighted.

In April, 2016, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation hosted the National Stepping Up Summit, bringing together jail administrators, law enforcement officials, elected officials, psychiatrists, and other stakeholders from 50 jurisdictions across 37 States. The purpose of this summit was to guide attendees in developing a system-level plan to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails. County teams participated in education that focused on the commitment of their local leadership, use of screening and assessments, existing level of baseline data, and the degree to which progress is tracked. This workshop provides an overview of what Imperial County, California was able to learn from the summit and discusses how that important information can be utilized to better manage and reduce the number of mentally ill in jail facilities across the country.

Managing the Psychotic Inmate

Stress Management in a Detention Setting

More often inmates are arriving in jail with a mental health condition. One of the most serious symptoms is psychosis, wherein a person loses contact with external reality. Drugs, medical conditions, and mental illness may all cause psychosis. The behaviors of such inmates make their management very challenging. In this workshop, an experienced jail psychiatrist and crisis intervention team trainer provide insight into the recognition and management of inmates with psychotic behavior. Understanding the causes and manifestations for psychosis is discussed, in addition to how to recognize psychotic behavior in an inmate. Attendees also learn techniques to minimize the development of a crisis episode when addressing inmates experiencing a psychotic episode or when addressing inmates who have a history of psychosis.

The impact of stress on corrections officers does not appear to be as emphasized in comparison to other occupations. Perhaps it is because corrections officers do not openly talk about the stress they carry, or maybe some do not perceive the job of a corrections officer to be as stressful as it truly is. In some cases officers will not admit to having stress from the job or ask for help because of stigmatization; perhaps they feel they will be labeled as soft or weak. This workshop begins by defining stress, stressors, and reactions to stress. Attendees learn about the common stressors that affect officers as well as the dangerous outcomes of unhealthy stress management. Tips on healthy ways to manage stress are also presented.

Hot Off the Wire: Managing the Mentally Ill in Your Jail

Should I Contract Out Healthcare? And If So, How? Whether to self-operate or to outsource healthcare services is a decision faced by many correctional facilities. Those facilities deciding to outsource often struggle with what to include in the RFP and how to select the right vendor. This workshop helps decision-makers to better understand and weigh the options they face in choosing between self-operation and outsourcing. For those deciding to outsource, the workshop explores four key groups of decisions: (1) Are there options other than private companies? Should I outsource the whole healthcare operation? What are the options for sharing costs with the vendor? (2) What information should I include in the RFP? Should I put in detailed information about our operation? Should I specify what I want the vendor to accomplish or how I want them to accomplish it? How should I address the incentives and disincentives? (3) How do I select the best vendor? (4) How should I monitor the contractor?

Suicides and Self-Injurious Behavior: Is Your Jail Prepared to Prevent These Critical Incidents? While suicide in jail is a tragic occurrence for all parties involved, there are reasonable methods that can be employed to reduce the likelihood of successful suicides occurring in jails. This workshop discusses the myriad facts and myths surrounding suicide and self-harming behavior. Warning signs of potential suicidal and self-harming behavior are also addressed. Attendees are presented with methods such as suicide assessment tools and intervention protocols that can be used by jails of all sizes. Understanding the motivation of inmates who harm themselves is critical to prevention and is a critical discussion point.

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Workshop Descriptions The Silent Tsunami: Managing Alzheimer’s and Geriatrics in Your Jail Approximately 75 million Americans comprise the baby boom generation. Some among this aging demographic find their way to jail with medical ailments and/or suffering from dementia. Many experts suggest that inmates are more likely to suffer from dementia due to risk factors such as traumatic brain injuries from violent encounters, poor education, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and substance abuse. It is important for jail administrators to recognize the impact that an aging American population will have on their jail operations. This workshop reviews the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Attendees review techniques and skills to use when interacting with inmates suffering from this debilitating diagnosis.

This workshop gives an overview of de-escalation and the tactics for employing personal de-escalation techniques. This workshop is for line staff and employees who work with individuals in crisis or persons who can become enraged. Participants learn to recognize personal triggers that cause anxiety within themselves and to demonstrate techniques to self-regulate hostile and aggressive attitudes. The instructors explain the benefits of self-regulation, describe the causation of anger and aggression in confined individuals, and demonstrate proper de-escalation techniques for individuals with serious mental illness.

Development and Implementation of PMIS for a Jail Environment

In order to provide an effective system that meets constitutional requirements, it is imperative that jail administrators in facilities that seek to accredit under the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) understand the existing Standards for Health Services. Despite efforts to develop correctional healthcare standards that are easy to interpret, questions still arise among agencies that seek compliance. Whether you are a novice in correctional healthcare or have years of experience, this workshop provides a detailed examination of the standards that are commonly misinterpreted as well as offering suggestions for achieving compliance.

Early Warning (EW) or Performance Management Information Systems (PMIS) provide law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to better train officers before incidents of misconduct occur. These data-driven mechanisms of accountability are commonly used in law enforcement, but are not yet common in corrections facilities. Recently, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Fla.) was the source of study for the feasibility of developing a PMIS that could be used in corrections. Through National Institute of Justice funding, the RAND Corporation researched the potential and developed a PMIS to be used specifically within the corrections department of Broward County. This workshop describes the research by the RAND Corporation and the evaluation of this research by John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.


Emergency Response Team: What Are the Benefits?

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting: Common Pitfalls in Interpreting NCCHC Standards

Behavioral Managment Unit: Policies, Procedures, Pitfalls In an effort to manage inmate behavior and reduce the amount of time inmates may spend in disciplinary segregation, the staff of the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina established a Behavioral Management Unit. This workshop introduces participants to the thought processes behind the unit development and the goal to be proactive in addressing the restrictive housing debate.

Body Cameras in Jail: Are They Worth It? Everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon for body cameras on police officers. But do we want or need them in jails? Who wears one? Where can they be used or not be used? What are some of the issues related to using body cameras? What are some of the “hidden costs” associated with deployment of body cameras? Lots of questions, fewer answers. This workshop explores the topic of jail body cameras, which is different than police body cameras.


De-Escalation and You

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The landscape of jails changes daily. The inmate population is growing, and the offenses are becoming more violent. The inmates are becoming less fearful and incidents inside the jails are rising. With the threat of violence also increasing, the need for a specialized team to safely and properly handle the incidents is paramount second only to officer safety and reducing the possibilities of officer injury. This workshop explores the benefits of having an Emergency Response Team and ways to implement it at your facility.

Suicides and Critical Incident Staff Debriefings This workshop introduces participants to critical incident stress management teams. Participants learn to consider jail suicides as critical incidents and how to manage the lingering stress that may be felt by responding staff. The workshop provides information on what a debriefing is and how it can help the responding staff (post incident). The panelists discuss the basics of a critical incident stress management team, who should be involved, and the benefits. The workshop also talks about staff wellbeing (pre-incident) and the hopeful reduction in stressrelated worker’s compensation claims from those are who exposed to critical incidents daily.

Use-of-Force Investigation and Documentation: Getting Back to Basics

PREA Coordination with Your Local Rape Crisis Center

This is a comprehensive workshop on use of force by subject matter experts from the Nation’s largest sheriff’s department. Active members from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) provide an in-depth overview of their use-offorce reporting, documentation processes, and their relationship with case law and recent court decisions. This workshop reviews the causal factors driving the best practices employed for use-of-force reporting and documentation with an emphasis on risk management concerns and accountability. The workshop covers the renewed focus on the basic fact-gathering and scene preservation skills that are used to accurately memorialize the event. Also discussed is how the LASD utilizes data to manage and analyze the use of force by its personnel.

Let’s take time to focus on the teamwork between your facility and the local rape crisis center. The relationship you build does more than just meet PREA audit goals, it leads to better care for your inmates. Learn how to foster communication between all community members that make up your sexual assault response team. This instrumental teamwork also plays a vital role in the requirements for successfully completing and meeting the PREA audit requirements.

Victims Behind Bars: Identify and Address the Sex Trafficking of Women Offenders Cosponsored by NIC We always think that the perpetrator—and not the victim—of injustice is behind bars. However, there is a law that says different and we have unidentified and unsupported victims behind bars every day. They may not identify their exploiter as a trafficker, pimp, or abuser, but he or she is. This workshop provides participants with an awareness of the Federal Law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and the impact on the women under the supervision of jails and prisons. It also emphasizes the need to identify potential human-trafficking victims and create a pathway for prevention, protection, and prosecution.

PREA Hot Off the PREA Press! Latest on Compliance Guidance and Audits This 90-minute session is dedicated to the new FAQs that provide detailed guidance about compliance, including housing of transgender inmates, cross-gender viewing, suicide watch, and others. Bring your questions and concerns because there a special time is allotted for questions.

Hot Off the PREA Press! Standards that Continue to Challenge This session is dedicated to a detailed discussion of several of the PREA standards that are providing the most challenges for the field. Some of these include developing a PREA-compliant staffing plan and coordination of outside confidential support for victims of sexual abuse. Instructors also address the exhaustion of administrative remedies, plus agency protection against retaliation. The challenge of inmates with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency is also covered.

Utilizing the PREA Assessment Tool to Appropriately Classify Offenders This course provides information on how to utilize the PREA Assessment Tool along with an objective jail classification system. The combination of parallel systems as a method of concise and efficient housing and programs can ensure the safety of all staff and offenders. Instructors cover the practical application of the PREA standards, compare and contrast OJC systems with the use of the PREA Assessment Tool, and show how this data supports the use of an OJC system to guide with housing placement. Participants return to their agencies with knowledge that may be utilized in internal training.

Programs Inmate Construction Program Inmates incarcerated in the Orange County Jail (Fla.) through a partnership with Valencia Community College are enrolled in a basic construction class for five weeks. Upon graduation, they are hired by the construction industry as full-time employees. This workshop explores the infrastructure and benefits of the program.

Inmate Programs in California and Texas: Sharing the Same Challenges This is a joint presentation of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office jail (Calif.) and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office jail (Tex.). The workshop provides a comparison of how jails with different population capacities and from different regions of the Nation face similar challenges in providing inmate programs. The presentations focus on leveraging existing funds, partnerships, and resources to provide programs. Additional areas of focus include utilizing evidenced-based practices in the implementation of jail programs, creating cultural change/ transition for correctional officers, establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations to provide post-release services, and effectively integrating and managing volunteers and contract staff.

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Workshop Descriptions Redesign of a Jail’s Programming This workshop examines the redesign of the in-house programs at the Merrimack County DOC to an evidence-based, best practice model. Presenters discuss how a change in staff culture and the creation of staff buy-in led to the success of the new programming model. Presenters also address the political, redesign, and construction processes of the vacant Merrimack County Correctional Facility, which was built as a podular remote facility in 1984, abandoned in 2005, and then converted into a Modern Transitional Housing and Programs Facility.

Secure Tech-Enabled Education: How to Harness the Power of Education Tech-enabled education has introduced an exciting turning point in corrections. It is a promising rehabilitative tool that more prisons and jails across the country are adopting. One of the most buzzed about initiatives involves the use of tablet technology. Learn how to seize the moment on tablets while considering other tech alternatives to ensure technology becomes a meaningful, cost-effective tool for widespread rehabilitation. Worried about security risk? This is also your chance to ask questions, get comfortable with new technology, and talk with those agencies that have already implemented it.

Serving Those Who Served: Strategies for Incarcerated Veterans Learn from two agencies that developed an array of strategies and resources to assist incarcerated veterans. The Douglas County Department of Corrections (Neb.) and the Orange County Corrections Department (Fla.) have implemented a housing unit dedicated solely to veterans. A culture of support and accountability has developed due to the contributions of dedicated community partners, correctional officers who are military veterans, and especially the incarcerated veterans themselves. Both counties share lessons-learned from planning, implementation of the program, and the integration of comprehensive community-based services tailored to the needs of veterans.


While contemporary correctional systems operate a variety of programs, most do not have an independent research division to perform complex data analytics. The second part focuses on the general process of evaluating established programs in criminal justice agencies, including program theory, evaluability assessments, process evaluations, and outcome evaluations.

The JPC Project: Using Progressive Models and Modern Technology to Optimize Jail Operations The Joint Processing Center (JPC) project is a partnership between Harris County and the City of Houston to consolidate local detention operations and maximize government efficiency. This workshop describes how modern, innovative concepts, such as front-door diversion, intake health clinics, open booking, direct supervision, pre-release staging, and reentry programs, have been superbly incorporated into the design of the new facility. The JPC will allow the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to use modern technology and a more normative, open environment to facilitate efficient processing, staff multitasking, and proactive inmate supervision. The JPC’s design capacity, including 552 short-term assessment beds, is 1,520 beds. When the JPC opens in March 2018, the Harris County Jail’s housing capacity will rise to 10,566 beds.

Using Corrections-Based CIT in the Jail This workshop provides participants with the tools and resources necessary to successfully implement a crisis intervention team (CIT) into any correctional facility. Staff from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (awarded Ohio’s CIT Program of the Year for 2016) provide insight on what has made their program a success. Upon completion, participants understand the basic principles of CIT in corrections; know the benefits of using CIT; learn how to incorporate the program into a new or existing correctional environment; can select speakers, actors, and others for training; and are provided with any additional follow-up information to meet the goals for the program.

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Smart Justice: Leveraging Data to Implement Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Are We Making Them Worse? Classifying for Facility Programming

Criminal justice agencies are placing an increased emphasis in the collection and analysis of data to enhance evidence-based decision-making. This workshop focuses on two processes: analysis of data to enhance operational decisions and evaluation of established programs. Most jail agencies collect large amounts of data to predict and perhaps prevent future tragedies. However, it is not utilized to initiate the appropriate action. Part one of this workshop addresses the complex tasks of moving from data analysis to action planning to reduce risk, enhance accountability, and improve agency efficiency.

Keep the inmates busy, right? Data now shows that all programs are not appropriate for every inmate. In fact, you may be increasing the risk of recidivism. Presenters discuss assessment tools and the gathering of statistical information and data to evaluate appropriate programming for inmates in your facility. Learn how to make successful programming plans for inmates while considering operational issues as well.

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Determining and Defending Your “Operational Capacity” Managers know that the operations or functional capacity of their jail is less than the total number of beds in a facility. Until recently, there has been no widely accepted methodology to calculate an operational capacity. A new approach was recently introduced in a 2016 issue of the American Jails magazine. This workshop explains the new process and applies it to several case studies of various sized jails. Participants have an opportunity to apply the new approach to evaluate their facilities during the workshop.

Developing Pride, Professionalism, and Passion in an Urban Jail Setting This workshop covers the challenges of establishing and maintaining an organizational culture within the jail that demonstrates an extraordinary level of pride, professionalism, and passion. A case study on this experience within the District of Columbia Department of Corrections is examined. What strategies were employed to effect change? What advantages and difficulties to taking this approach were identified? What were the results? The workshop discusses the factors that impact a positive culture in the workplace and support professional behavior, norms, boundaries, and communication. A review of how data collection and analysis can be used to strategically evaluate your progress is provided. The resulting benefits derived by the agency, employees, and community are also illustrated.

Do You Control It? Staffing, Expenditures, Capital Funding This workshop examines how to efficiently guide budgetary influences within a detention environment. From educating your governing body to determining the difference between a good grant and a bad grant; we explore topics that affect budget decisions. When the unexpected occurs, such as a surge in population, increased use of staff overtime, and unforeseen capital expenses, how do you prepare? Ever experience contractor- or vendor-related matters? We focus on specific areas that we can and cannot control and share with you how to make the most of your budget.

Got Conflict? Starting a Conversation of Cultural Change This breakout workshop starts a conversation about cultural change through case study, utilizing a TED talk by Phillip Zimbardo, creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment and expert witness at Abu Ghraib. Difficult subjects are discussed, including the culture discovered at Abu Ghraib. When a bad culture is discovered, how do you determine the cause? Is a bad culture created by the “bad apples,” “bad barrels,” or “bad barrel-makers”? Does your culture come from the top-down or bottom-up? Are you part of the

problem? Do you treat the symptom, or tackle the cause? Join us for a spirited and mind-opening conversation on how people have a choice between good and evil, and how it’s human nature to go toward the path of least resistance. Learn how we can be more aware and choose to be heroes.

Gunslingers, Gamblers, and Outlaws: Frontier Kansas Jails Gunslingers, gamblers, and outlaws vastly outnumbered sheriffs and marshals in the cattle towns of the Kansas frontier. Famous lawmen, such as Charlie Bassett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Tom Smith, kept the peace by sheer force of personality and the integrity of the local lockup. The story of the State’s settlement can be tracked in the fascinating development of these bastions of prairie justice. Makeshift jails of earlier times were eventually replaced by limestone, brick, and concrete structures with iron cells and elaborate locking systems. From the squirrel cage of Wichita to the iron jail of Lawrence City, this workshop takes you on a tour of these early Kansas jails.

Keeping Good Officers Good: Stress Management and Other Tools Our Nation’s jails are feeling the impact of contending with the rising number of inmates who have mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and dementia. This subset of inmates is on the rise and staying in our jails longer. Staff is seeing an increase in workload and an increase in the amount of stress associated with effectively supervising and managing the housing unit. A great deal of our resources are used to provide substantial training to staff that provide tools to manage those with mental illness. Unfortunately, we don’t teach staff how to take care of their own well-being. Stress, trauma, PTSD, officer suicide? This workshop focuses on how to keep good officers good.

Life Beyond the Walls of Jail: Building a Working Relationship with Community Services This workshop from the Bureau of Justice Statistics covers a community-linking project that linked jails to the communities they serve. We examine how social factors such as community demographics, accessibility of health and mental healthcare services, socioeconomic factors, such as unemployment rates and household income, crime and arrest rates, and jail factors such as size, admissions and staffing ratios all affect inmate mortality. We also feature a live demonstration of a web query system that allows users to analyze jail and community data at local, State, and national levels.

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Workshop Descriptions One Is the Loneliest Number

Speaking for Influence

Reintegration of inmates is not a solo effort. In this workshop you learn how agencies build a successful network of community partners and collaborate effectively for maximum impact. Presenters discuss the successes and obstacles encountered in launching new initiatives with a focus on getting your community involved. We also discuss the best resources that may already exist in your community and how to involve them prior to release.

This workshop is designed for leaders or trainers who want to make quantum leap improvements in public speaking. Whether teaching a class or being a keynote speaker, this workshop also gives participants the edge on influencing an audience.

Training Personnel From Classroom to Keyboard: Cutting Costs with a Web-Based Training Program Redundant training delivered in a classroom setting is costly, ineffective, and fails to focus on real-world scenarios. By moving most of their retraining, such as blood borne pathogens and sexual harassment, to online and making it accessible to on-duty correctional officers, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office saved over $87,000 in backfill costs alone. The time and money saved has allowed them to dedicate classroom hours to a hands-on training program that focuses solely on real-world situations. Learn how to save time, money, and lives with a scenario-based training program.

Internet Research Skills for Trainers 2.0 Building on what was presented in Austin on Internet Research Skills for Trainers, this interactive workshop takes the research skills learned to the next level. You are encouraged to utilize your smart phone, tablet, or laptop to practice researching skills. Participants learn how to use extreme internet searches, set up news alerts, evaluate how literature databases can be utilized, and more.

Ready, Set, Action: Using Scenarios to Enhance the Training Experience Is your training boring and stagnant? Explore the use of scenarios to energize and invigorate! Learn the fundamentals of creating scenario-based training that addresses real life challenges, relates to your audience, and encourages the learner to use a combination of experience, knowledge, and skills to get the most out of training. This workshop explores ideas and methods to transform the traditional linear training platform into a dynamic learning experience by incorporating safety, security practices/procedures, operational issues, developing trends, and best practices. From character development, creating a backstory, participant instruction to evaluation, attendees can expect to gain valuable information to consider during scenario development and implementation.


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Training’s Responsibility in the Work Culture The training staff plays a vital role in the overall culture of the facility. They are usually the first ones to train new staff and have the responsibility for laying out the values and mission of the facility. If the training staff is not successful in the new employees’ buy-in of the mission, values, and ethics of the jail, new officers will fall prey to the “saboteur” employees of the facility. Also, training plays a large role in keeping the veteran staff from becoming the “saboteurs” by keeping training innovative and fresh. A stale, insufficient, less than innovative training plan will lead to a negative, complacent, and dangerous culture.

Tribal Nations Bureau of Indian Affairs Detention Standards 2010 for Long-Term Detention This workshop gives insight to the unique partnership between the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services and the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections Jails Division training program for the BIA Detention Standards. The program gives you a greater understanding of how the standards pertain to Indian Country jails and how they are currently implemented. The presenters share examples of training and on-site reviews and outcomes. They also provide the next steps for Indian Country jails and partnerships with commercial contract facilities by providing examples of how the standards apply to the jails.

Developing MOA-MOUs for Healthcare/Programs and Services in Indian Country Jails Jails across Indian Country have unique working relationships with their local healthcare authorities and tribal programs. This relationship is closely coordinated by the local jail and service providers. This workshop explores different approaches to addressing healthcare issues in Indian Country Jails. It also features examples of MOA/MOUs used throughout Indian Country. Examples of collaboration and partnerships are highlighted to include community involvement in accordance with the BIA Detention Standards and best practices of healthcare and detention services.

Orange County Corrections Department Our Mission: To enhance public safety by operating a safe, secure, and humane correctional system. Operating the 5th largest jail in Florida and the 19th largest in the United States, the Orange County Corrections Department (OCCD) oversees 7 housing units situated on a 76-acre secure compound. Among them is its stateof-the-art Booking and Release Center that includes an x-ray scanner akin to the ones used at airport security, three courtrooms, a full clinic and pharmacy, a specialty mental health unit, and space for the judiciary, public defender, and State attorney. The OCCD also operates two facilities outside the secure compound—the Work Release Center and its Video Visitation Center. With an annual operating budget that exceeds $150 million, the OCCD employs nearly 1,800 staff members with roughly 1,100 of them being certified correctional officers. The jail also has an expansive Health Services Division, which although an independent division, works seamlessly with correctional staff. The OCCD also operates several specialty units for certified officers to include its honor guard, special response team, hostage negotiation team, security intelligence unit, and transportation team—among others. The Community Corrections and Inmate Programs Division of OCCD provides services to offenders who are under court-ordered supervision and reside in the community. The OCCD offers a wide and unique array of programs to inmates to help them return to the community better than when they entered the jail. These include GED and literacy programs, parenting programs, reentry initiatives, a culinary program, and various substance abuse programs. In addition, OCCD offers Vivitrol to heroin-addicted inmates who are eligible and follow-up care managed by Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association providers after leaving the jail.

Cornita A. Riley serves as Chief of Orange County Corrections.

The Orange County Corrections Department is a large jail system located in central Florida.

The Command Center houses cutting-edge technology that serves as extra eyes and ears.

The construction program equips soon-to-be-released offenders with real-world job skills for when they return to the community. Credit: Orange County Corrections Department, Florida 2017 AJA Conference Preview Guide


Conference Registration Information

Advance Registration

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To secure the advance conference registration discount, we must receive your registration form and fee postmarked no later than March 10, 2017. Please check if you are attending the AJA Awards Banquet—ticket is included in an all-days registration packet. Please note that payment must accompany the form. Call-in or faxed conference registrations are accepted at AJA headquarters up to 5 p.m. EDT March 10, 2017. Registrations received after the closing date/time are made onsite at the conference for the full conference registration rates.

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Housing Is Now Open! Housing is now open for AJA’s 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo on April 9–12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Below is the information on our host hotels, how to make reservations, and where to find more information.

Hotel Information & Rates Hotel

Single Double Triple Quad

Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Drive (Headquarters Hotel & Conference Venue)

$189 $189 $189 $189

Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando* Lake Buena Vista 8615 Vineland Avenue

$139 $139 $139 $139

Rates quoted above are subject to 12.5% tax (subject to change).

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non-official housing companies may target you to make hotel reservations. AJA is currently contracted with the Orlando World Center Marriott and the Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista as our sole hotel properties for the 2017 conference. The hotels will not be contacting you, unless you have initiated contact with them. *Family suites are an additional $20 per night based on availability. To secure a family suite, make a regular reservation online or by phone and e-mail with your request.

Reservations To make your reservations, please do so online or by phone directly with the AJA host hotels. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. After March 15, 2017, rooms and rates are based on availability.

Orlando World Center Marriott

8701 World Center Drive Online: Phone: 888-789-3090; Group Code: AJA

Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista

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with a different credit card name than that which the room is under, a credit card authorization form needs to be provided prior to arrival at the hotel. To obtain this authorization, call the hotel directly by phone. The hotel cannot accept credit cards with a different name from the registered guest at the front desk at check-in.

Check-In/Check-Out Times: For the World

Center Marriott, check-in time is 4 p.m.; checkout time is 11 a.m. For the Fairfield Inn, check-in time is 3 p.m.; check-out time is 12 p.m.

Conference Venue Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Drive Orlando, Florida 32821

Housing questions? Contact Alyssa Barnum at or 301–790–3930, ext. 501.

a credit card guarantee at the time of booking. Requests received without a guarantee will not be processed.

Changes/Cancellations: For both hotels,

cancellation must be made 72 hours prior to your arrival to avoid a one-night room and tax deposit forfeit.

Early Departure Fee: Neither hotel has an

early departure fee.

Prepay Full Amount: To prepay the full

amount, contact the hotel and request a credit card authorization form, or send a check addressed to the hotel’s accounting department with the name of the guest(s) and confirmation number(s).

2017 AJA Conference Preview Guide




2017 AJA Conference Preview Guide

BY THE NUMBERS AJA Conference Wins Big in Austin The 35th Annual Conference & Jail Expo draws advancement in our Nation’s jails. In May 2016, more than 1,000 jail professionals gathered in Austin, Texas for the 35th Annual AJA Conference. Business owners, practitioners, and a variety of jail professionals united during education sessions and networking events, each adding to the collective voice to advance the local corrections profession.

226 Exhibits

hundreds for education &

Lots To See

Leaders of the Future

900+ Attendees 75 Volunteers 128 Presenters/Moderators 18 Criminal Justice Students More than 1,000 jail & local detention professionals took part in the 2016 AJA Conference.

Lots To Win

Akins High School Criminal Justice Students attended workshops and a special Q&A session with jail practitioners on Tuesday, May 24, advancing AJA’s mission and building tomorrow’s leaders today.


BBQ and Cabela gift card winner (Monday Passport Winner):

William Quick Bear Medicine Root Detention Center Kyle, South Dakota

Lots To Learn

Yeti Hopper and Tumbler winner

Attendees took part in four days of training workshops that included sessions on Direct Supervision, Leadership Succession, Mental Health, Training Personnel, and more.

70+ Sessions

Attendees had the chance to take part in their choice of 68 educational sessions, 3 Product Preview Showcases “Beyond the Booth,” 3 certification sessions, and 5 Special Topics Saturday Workshops.

Over 75 Graduates and Alumni of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy (NJLCA) attended the 2016 AJA Conference.

3rd Annual Criminal Justice Student Day

226 exhibitors took over the Jail Expo in Austin, showcasing the latest and greatest in supplies, devices, and technology in corrections.

4 Days

75+ Graduates

(Tuesday Passport Winner):

Jason Jambor Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Phoenix, Arizona “The Planning Committee injected some truly great innovations into our traditional way of doing things at this year’s conference. While all of them seemed to hit the mark, leaving Sunday purely for education and giving exhibitors more unopposed face-time with their customers and clients on Monday and Tuesday seemed to be the biggest home run.” —John W. Johnson, Sr., CJM Conference Planning Committee Chair

Exhibitor List The American Jail Association proudly recognizes our exhibitors at the 2016 Annual Conference & Jail Expo in Austin, Texas. Abilis Solutions Corp. ABL Management, Inc. ACCI Lifeskills Acorn Vac/Acorn Engineering Actall Corporation ADANI Systems Inc. Alkermes All Source Security Container Manufacturing Allied Tube & Conduit, a part of Atkore International American Aluminum Accessories Inc. American Military University Aramark Argyle Security ARKRAY USA Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc. ASSA, Inc. High Security Locks ATIMS-Jail Management Software Autoclear A’viands Avon Protection Systems, Inc. Berkeley Varitronics Systems Big Hanna Biomedical Systems Black Creek Integrated Systems Corp Bob Barker Company, Inc. Briarwood Products Brother International Corporation BSN Sports Caliber Justice California Forensic Medical Group Canon U.S.A., Inc. CCC Group Correct Care Solutions CEC Corrections CFG Health Network-Insight Telepsychiatry, LLC & CFG Health Systems, LLC CGL ChemImage Sensor Systems Chestnut Ridge Foam, Inc. CHETU, INC Cirqular, Inc. COAST PRODUCTS Code Red Headsets By Easy To Get Wireless Columbia Southern University Contract Pharmacy Services, Inc. Corizon Health Cornerstone Detention Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc. Correct Solutions Group CorrectCare Integrated Health Correctional Medical Care, Inc. Correctional News Correctional Peace Officers Foundation Cortech USA CPI/Guardian Packaging Systems

CrossBar Safer Nicotine Products+ CSC ServiceWorks CTS America DEACERO Derby Industries Design Specialties, Inc. Dewberry Architects, Inc. Diamond Pharmacy Services & Medical Supply Digital Ally, Inc. Dynamic Imaging Systems, Inc. Easter-Owens eCig 4 Inmate EcoTensil Inc. Edovo Endur ID Inc. Energy Systems Group Express Mobile Dianostic Services, LLC FacilityDude Fastcase, Inc. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Fidelis Professional Services First Call Infusion Pharmacy First Preference Products Corp. Ford Motor Company GEO Care Geutebruck Security Inc. Global Security Glazing Global Tel-Link (GTL) Grainger Gregory Industries GUARDIAN RFID Harding HBD, Inc (Pacific Concepts) Health Care Systems, Inc. Homewav LLC Humane Restraint, Inc. Hypard Corporation Footwear I-CON Systems, Inc. ICS Jail Supplies, Inc. IDS (Innertainment Delivery Systems) IHS Pharmacy IJIS Institute, Inc. ImageTrend Imperial Fastener Company, Inc. Infax, Inc. Infinity Networks, Inc. Integrated Biometrics International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) InTime Solutions Inc. iTouch Biometrics Jail Advertising Network JLG Technologies Justice Benefits, Inc.

Justice Technology Information Center K.B. Industries, Inc. Keefe Group Key Tracer Systems LaSalle Corrections Laundry Loops Inc. Legacy Inmate Communications Legal Research Associates Lexipol, LLC LexisNexis Lionakis LiteScape Technologies MailGuard Postal Mail Elimination Marathon Engineering Corp-Deco Flooring Mark’s Plumbing Parts Marquis Software Development, Inc. Mass Group Inc. Medline Industries Metrasens MHS, Inc. Microflex MicroSearch - ENSCO Rail Midwest Portland, LLC Milspec Plastics MobileView - United Technologies MOCAT Solutions, Inc. (MSI) Montgomery Technology, Inc. Morse Watchmans, Inc. M-PAK, Inc. NaphCare, Inc. National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) National Institute of Corrections National PREA Resource Center National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Netvision 360 Security Group Nightingale Corporation Nightstick by Bayco Products, Inc. Noble Medical, Inc. Norix Group, Inc. Northpointe, Inc. No-Shank, Inc. Numi Financial OD Security North America Pay My Jailer Pay Tel Communications PDC Pelco by Schneider Electric Plastocon PlumbZilla Portland State University PowerDMS Pretrial Justice Institute Prime Coat Coating Systems Prime Health Services Prop-Lock PTS of America, LLC

Push Beverages, LLC Quanta Lasers Rapid Financial Solutions Recall Technologies, Inc. Relias Learning Rhyan Technology Services Rosser International, Inc. Safe Medical Technology, Inc. School Check-In s-Comm Securus Technologies Sierra Detention Systems Signature Federal Credit Union SkyPath Satellite Systems, Inc. Social Solutions Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) Southern Folger Detention Equipment Company Southern Health Partners Southern Software, Inc. Southwest Correctional Medical Group Spacesaver Spartan Chemical Company SunGard Public Sector Super Seer Corporation Sydaptic, Inc. SymbolArts TBN 2nd Chance Telmate, LLC Tetrus Corp Texas Correctional Industries Texas Jail Association Time Access Systems, Inc. TimeKeeping Systems, Inc. TracSoftware TriActive America Trinity Services Group Tyler Technologies Union Supply Group U.S. Dept of State U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs USDOJ - Bureau of Justice Statistics Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Vaughan Company, Inc. VendEngine Victory Supply, Inc. Videx, Inc. Virtual Imaging, Inc., A Canon Company Vistar Walkenhorst’s Wallace International West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind Westwood Pharmacy Wexford Health Sources, Inc. White Conveyors, Inc. Willoughby Industries York Textiles, Inc. Zuercher Technologies

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