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National Center for Jail Operations - Legal Issues Webinar Series



Presented by Carrie Hill, esq., Director, NCJO

Understanding the Prison Litigation Reform Act: Impacts & Responses

Date/Time by Timezone
Wed, Oct 24th, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Wed, Oct 24th, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Wed, Oct 24th, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT
Wed, Oct 24th, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT


The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) was passed by Congress in 1996 in an attempt to limit the large number of frivolous cases brought by inmates in federal courts:  Inmates must exhaust their administrative remedies (the jail’s grievance system ) prior to filing a lawsuit in federal court.  This webinar will review the impact of the PLRA on correctional litigation, the significance of a sound grievance procedure and the importance of the response to the inmate.

Whether the force was objectively reasonable (pretrial inmates) or was applied in a good faith effort to maintain and restore order (convicted inmates).  This webinar will review the leading Supreme Court decisions in the area of use of force, focusing on the report writing instrument used by both the deputy involved in the force and also as a tool in reviewing the use of force regardless of the inmate’s status.

Presenter: Carrie Hill

Planning and Implementing Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails: What Justice Professionals Need to Know

Date/Time by Timezone
Wed, Nov 7th, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Wed, Nov 7th, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Wed, Nov 7th, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT
Wed, Nov 7th, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT


The opioid epidemic is plaguing our nation and our nation’s jails. This webinar will review Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) within the jail setting. The overview will include discussions regarding the various MAT medications available, recommendations for screening protocols, behavioral health programming, the importance of navigators, data collection, the critical soft hand off into the community, funding resources as well as model MAT programs currently finding success in our jails.

Presenter: Carrie Hill

A Duty to Protect: Mental Health Care to the Incarcerated

Date/Time by Timezone
Wed, Jan 9th, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Wed, Jan 9th, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Wed, Jan 9th, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT
Wed, Jan 9th, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT


Our nation’s jails are experiencing a crisis in managing and treating our inmate’s with mental illness. This seminar will discuss the legal requirements regarding the Duty to Protect as well as the key protocols every jail should have in place to include screening tools, heightened watch protocols, housing and programming considerations.

Presenter: Carrie Hill

Excited Delirium and Agitated Chaotic Events: Recognizing, Responding, and Preventing Sudden, In-Custody Deaths

Date/Time by Timezone
Wed, Dec 12th, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Wed, Dec 12th, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Wed, Dec 12th, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT
Wed, Dec 12th, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT


This is the most contemporary, scientifically- and evidence-based program on excited delirium and agitated chaotic events (ACE) you can attend! Learn how to identify and how to respond to these medical emergencies when they occur in your correctional setting.

Excited delirium events have been around for a long time. Although not a medical or psychological diagnosis, the term can be found in early 1800s medical treatises and in many contemporary medical and scientific articles. There are 4 broad evidence-based categorical causes of excited delirium behavior; often only drug-induced behaviors are discussed and taught. In addition to excited delirium behavioral cues select agitated chaotic events (ACE) are also identified, discussed, and taught to assist you and your agency in managing and minimizing liability. ACE events include, but are not limited to alcohol withdrawal, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), epilepsy (SUDEP), and similar events. These events may result in an in-custody death.

In-custody deaths refer to the sudden, unexpected death of an individual who is in housed in your correctional setting. Many times, electronic control weapons (ECW) are associated with these deaths. This program discusses the role and scientific research about ECDs, and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of ECDs being associated with such deaths.

It is not a matter of “if” you or your jail setting will experience an in-custody death involving a person who is in a state of excited delirium or agitated chaotic state, but “when” it will occur. Be prepared. This webinar will help you to save lives, including your own, and possibly your career.

Presenter: Carrie Hill is an attorney and national criminal justice consultant.  She has dedicated her 29-year career to providing professional development seminars in correctional law, along with criminal justice consulting, to educate and empower those working in the correctional industry.

Ms. Hill’s passion for and expertise of corrections law is known nationally. She makes the law come alive and applicable regardless of rank – from report writing techniques and legal-based policy development to risk assessment and offensive approaches in the event of prisoner litigation.

Ms. Hill’s contributions to corrections go beyond professional development to consulting for and defense of correctional facilities, management and staff.  She is also the former General Counsel to the Utah Department of Corrections, Editor of Corrections Managers’ Report and most recently, the Senior Administrative Manager to Sheriff Richard Stanek in Hennepin County, MN.

Ms. Hill accepted a new role in June 2017 with the National Sheriffs’ Association as the Director of the National Center for Jail Operations (NCJO).



Presented by Rick Hodsdon, esq., General Counsel, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, Saint Paul, MN

Family Medical Leave Act for Justice Professionals

Date/Time by Timezone
Thu, Jan 24th, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Thu, Jan 24th, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Thu, Jan 24th, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT
Thu, Jan 24th, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT


This webinar will acquaint the public sector employer and criminal justice professionals with a major federal law, the benefits and its requirements. We will consider:

Who is protected by the FMLA
Basic requirements and definitions in FMLA
When the Act is available to staff
Intermittent leave and options to reduce workplace disruptions
Benefits When on leave
Return to work issues
Prevention or mitigation of leave abuse

Presenter: Rick Hodsdon

The ADA for Justice Professionals

Date/Time by Timezone
Thu, Mar 21st, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Thu, Mar 21st, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Thu, Mar 21st, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT
Thu, Mar 21st, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT


Since Congress amended the ADA effective in 2008 employers have found implementation and compliance with ADA requirements to be a serious challenge. We are going to discuss:

  • Who is protected by the ADA and the definition of qualified disabled person
  • What are essential job functions
  • What is reasonable accommodation-
  • Implementation of the ADA interactive process
  • The intersection of ADA and other federal and state statutes

Presenter: Richard Hodsdon

Federal Statutes and Who is Not Allowed to Possess Firearms

Date/Time by Timezone
Thu, May 16th, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Thu, May 16th, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT
Thu, May 16th, 2019 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT
Thu, May 16th, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PT


The firearms debate and issues of public safety firearms regulation and the Second Amendment are going to continue in the public policy spotlight. In this course, we are going to discuss who is prohibited under federal law from possession of firearms under current law so those involved in its enforcement and policymakers have a better understanding what current law does or does not do. Topics include:

  • Who is banned from possession of firearms under federal law
  • Domestic violence and firearms laws
  • The impact of state laws on federal firearms possession

Presenter: Richard Hodsdon



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