Presented by Carrie Hill, esq., Director, NCJO

Legal Issues in Today’s Jails: First Amendment – Turner v. Safley
February 21, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

The United States Supreme Court has given substantial deference to correctional administrators in how they operate their facilities so long as they can meet the requirements of the leading Supreme Court decision in Turner v. Safley.  This Webinar will review the “Turner” test and how to apply it in the day-to-day operations of the facility for all deputies, officers, and administrators.

Legal Issues in Today’s Jails: Religious Programming
March 14, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

This webinar will review the requirements of the First Amendment regarding religious exercise, specifically the First Exercise and the Establishment Clauses.  The primary focus however will be on the statutory requirements of RLUIPA, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act in making determinations regarding religious accommodation in the facility.  Areas to be discussed include religious head coverings, diets, literature, services, religious accessories, chaplains, hair and beards to name just a few of the topics.

Legal Issues in Today’s Jails: Search and Seizure
April 18, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

The United States Supreme Court has given great guidance regarding searches in the custodial setting of a jail distinct from the search requirements used for law enforcement.  A thorough review of the leading Supreme Court decisions and their applications will be discussed.  Searches of clothing, property, cells and personal searches to include pat and strip searches will be the focus of this webinar.

Legal Issues in Today’s Jail: Conditions of Confinement
May 16, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment protects against the deprivation of an inmate’s essential human needs to include but not limited to food, clothing, medical care, exercise, sanitation, the duty to provide reasonable protection and other health and safety threatening conditions.

This webinar will review the United States Supreme Court decisions regarding conditions of confinement, specifically analyzing the deliberate indifference test and how it presents in a correctional setting.

Legal Issues in Today’s Jail: Medical Care
June 13, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

The duty to provide medical care is one of the greatest challenges within any institution with inmates presenting with high rates of chronic, complex illnesses, drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness. This webinar will focus on the leading Supreme Court decision of Estelle v. Gamble, which established the standard by which all medical claims are evaluated under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Legal Issues in Today’s Jail: Use of Force
July 11, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

The use of force is one of the leading areas of litigation in corrections.  Understanding and articulating the legal requirements is critical in determining 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.


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

Employment Law: Federal Employment Discrimination Under Title VII
February 28, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

Federal employment discrimination under Title VII and its key concepts such as protected class, BFOQ, religious discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues, adverse impact and adverse intent discrimination, remedies for violations and liability reduction ideas.

Employment Law: FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) for Criminal Justice
March 21, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

The history of FLSA, key definitions such as hours worked, exempt and not exempt employees and how that is decided, overtime. comp time, remedies for violations and liability reduction, alternative work schedules and record keeping requirements.

Employment Law: FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) for Public Employers
April 25, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

Key terms and definitions, who is covered, requirements for leave and reinstatement, intermittent leave, liability reduction options and reduction of leave abuse.

Employment Law: ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and Public Employment
May 23, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern

Giglio/Brady and Discipline
June 20, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern 

First Amendment Speech and Public Sector
July 25, 2018 @ 12:00pm Eastern