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Jail Management Development

The Jail Management Development (JMD) curriculum is designed specifically for sheriffs, jail administrators and supervisors - filled with interactive video and engaging online jail training. Totaling over 75 hours, training courses focus on the most in-demand issues and training topics and is based on case law.

Critical operational and highly litigious courses include:

  • Liability Management (In-custody deaths, PLRA, health care liability, writing policy and procedure, etc.)
  • Correctional Law (Inmate discipline, use of force, inmate communication, searches, etc.)
  • Personnel Management (Ethics, social intelligence, leadership, etc.)
  • Jail Operations (Classification, disturbances, STGs, suicide prevention, PREA, etc.)
Through the online training, jail administrators and supervisors will receive instruction to assist them in making their jails safer, more secure and protected against liability and adverse publicity.  

Jail Management Courses

The following courses are the curriculum for the Jail Management Development program. 
Prisoner Discipline (JMD2020)
Presented by Gary DeLand
This course provides an overview of the inmate disciplinary process and the foundation for a constitutional inmate discipline system. It also provides the tools and training for correctional staff to initiate disciplinary action, as well as training for hearing officers. Other training includes due process requirements, evidence and testimony, standards of proof and written findings, appeals and reprimands, and disciplinary punishments.
Prisoner Access to Religion and RLUIPA (JMD2040)
Presented by Carrie Hill, Esq.
An overview of religious rights in today’s jails, this training discusses and reviews issues relevant to the First Amendment, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Additionally, it provides information related to religious access involving services, visits and meals.
Contingency Planning (JMD4020)
Presented by Mike Haley, PhD.
Jails must plan and prepare for a variety of emergencies. This course reviews issues jail administrators face from diseases to natural disasters. Prepare for the unexpected and the unwanted.
Introduction To Prisoner Rights (JMD2010)
Presented by Gary DeLand
This course provides an overview of the evolution of corrections law and inmate rights. It provides tools to assist in the developing and understanding of the requirements for constitutional policies, procedures and practices. The presenter gives detailed overview of the fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution and reviews rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth amendments.
Prisoner Communication: Mail, Visitation, Telephone, Media (JMD2030)
Presented by Carrie Hill, Esq.
This course provides an overview of First Amendment issues involving all forms of inmate communication. It identifies the types of inmate communication and addresses ways to manage those communications in an effective manner consistent with legal requirements.
Prisoner Searches (JMD2070)

Presented by Gary DeLand
One of the most litigious issues facing jail administrators, this course provides an overview of constitutional limits on searches. The presentation also reviews the searching of inmates clothing, personal property, and cells. Information is provided involving personal searches, justification and scope of intrusion, searches of arrestees at admission and the manner of searches. The subject of a variety of visitor searches is also presented. In addition, the presentation briefly discusses cross-gender searches and supervision, which is contained in more detail in a separate course.
Ethics (JMD3010)
Presented by Mike Haley, PhD.
This course reviews and presents the special features of ethics and its role in jail management. It provides a review and discussion of ethics in constant and situational circumstances. Also an overview of ethics involving the critical nature of legal and moral issues.
Inmate Grievances (JMD5030)
Presented by Gary DeLand
Managing inmates in a safe, secure, orderly and constitutional manner is a primary function of a jail and its administrators. Accomplishing that mission requires a defined, structured, and comprehensive approach. This course addresses grievances as one of the cornerstones of inmate management. The course provides sample legal-based policy for review and discussion.
Prisoner Access to Courts and Counsel (JMD2050)
Presented by Carrie Hill, Esq.
Inmates have a right to access the courts. Corrections officials have a duty to provide access for inmates and assist where deemed appropriate. This course addresses legal requirements for prisoner access to courts and counsel.
Prisoner Classification (JMD5020)
Presented by Gary DeLand
Managing inmates in a safe, secure, orderly and constitutional manner is an important function of a jail and its administrators. Accomplishing that mission requires a defined, structured, and comprehensive approach. This course addresses classification as it relates to prisoner management.
Prison Gangs in a Pre-Trial Setting (JMD5040)
Presented by Lt. Sean Stewart
Sheriffs and jail administrators have a responsibility to be aware of gang members in their facilities and closely monitor their activities. Many prison and street gangs continue their criminal activity and manage a criminal enterprise within jails in a pre-trial setting. Unfortunately, staff occasionally falls into the traps set by these individuals. This course provides information in combating gang activities and the security risks involved.
Inmate Disturbances (JMD5050)
Presented by Lt. Sean Stewart
An inmate disturbance is an event or a series of events by one or more inmates which disrupts normal activities. This course will provide an overview of contributing factors, how to identify indicators of pending inmate disturbances and methods for controlling disturbances.
Code of Conduct (JMD3020)
Presented by Mike Haley, PhD.
Sheriffs and jail administrators face difficult and challenging employee issues on a daily basis. A code of conduct formalizes the ethics of any organization. This course will provide an overview of what is a code of conduct, why jails should develop one and what should be included in a code of conduct.
Managing Mentally Ill Offenders (JMD5100)
Presented by Mike Haley, PhD.
This course is designed to provide an overview of the transition of mental-health services from mental-health facilities to local jails. Review basic information pertaining to the recognition and management of local jail inmates with specific mental disorders.
Health Care Liability and Legal Issues: Medical Care (JMD1080)
Presented by Carrie Hill, Esq.
The high risk and liability involving inmate medical care requires a good foundation based on what the law requires of correctional administrators and medical staff. This course discusses in depth the decisions, requirements and implications of Supreme Court rulings on medical care in corrections and provides information how not to be held “deliberately indifferent” to inmate medical needs. It is critical to every officer and every administrator that action should be taken to reduce a substantial risk of serious harm. There is no room for complacency in the taking of action and documentation. This course will review a multitude of issues that are high risk in the medical area and ways to avoid the pitfalls of potential litigation.
Proactive Approach to Protect Against Administrative and Supervisory Liability (JMD1010)
Presented by Gary DeLand
Sheriffs and jail administrators are responsible for incarcerating, managing, and supervising the most difficult and litigious segment of the U. S. population. Many have limited knowledge of the key elements of civil liability and do not have a practical guide to reduce their potential liability to prisoner litigation. This course provides the tools and knowledge to proactively protect against supervisor and administrator liability.
Proactive Approach to the Intake Screening Process: Intake screening, Medical, Suicide Screening, Prevention and Intervention
The intake or booking area of any jail is a vital and critical part on the operation. It is the first line of defense for all jails as well as possibly being the first line of liability exposure. It presents high safety risks to staff and inmates as well as liability risk if not managed effectively and without the utmost attention to details, documentation and follow up. This course provides an overview of a proactive approach to the intake screening process and its core elements to begin the management of arrestees and inmates.
Prison Litigation Reform Act: PLRA (JMD5070)
Presented by Gary DeLand
The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) became law in 1996 and has been highly effective in reducing frivolous litigation. This course discusses and reviews the history, purpose and effect of PLRA.
Proactive Approach to Policy and Procedure Development
Effective policy and procedures are absolutely essential for the management of all jail operations. This course provides an overview of critical components and the development of policy and procedure to assist in mitigating and protecting against supervisor liability and reduce risk management exposure.
Correctional Intelligence (JMD5190) 
Presented by Lt. Sean Stewart
Many sheriffs, administrators and police officers are unaware of the wealth of intelligence related to gangs and gang members available within the corrections community. This course provides an overview of the importance of intelligence coordination between the police departments and corrections officials. Corrections officials and databases within federal, state, local jails and the prison system are an unexploited source of vital intelligence that could assist in the safety of the public and local community.
Special Population Management: Reduce Risk, Enhance Safety (JMD5080)
This course provides sheriffs and administrators an overview of special population management issues involving classification considerations, medical needs, mental health circumstances, suicidal or self-destructive inmates and inmates of high risk for violence and escape. Some special management conditions include reducing risk of escapes, inmate-on-inmate assaults, assaults on staff, enhanced medical watch care, and enhancing the safe operations of the facility for a variety of penological interests.