Conference Circuit: Behind Bars

The American Jail Association’s 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo begins over the weekend in Orlando, Florida. Around 900 jail professionals are expected to attend.

Close to 1,000 jail administrators and managers, correctional and training officers, county commissioners, and other industry professionals will head to Orlando in the next few days to get innovative options for management of inmates, hear about new and emerging technologies and products, and discuss issues affecting the operations of jail facilities with their peers.

Organization: American Jail Association

Conference: 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo

Venue: Orlando World Center Marriott

Location: Orlando, Florida

Following Special Topics Saturday and the opening of the exhibit hall, the AJA 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo will kick off with Judge Steven Leifman keynoting the opening plenary session on Monday morning. He’ll discuss the work he’s done to move people with mental illnesses who have committed low-level offenses away from incarceration and toward community-based care. Also on the docket:

Tomorrow’s leaders. To support the next generation of industry leaders, AJA invites current criminal justice students to take part in its fourth annual Criminal Justice Student Day. Students receive a free one-day pass to the conference and get the chance to attend a workshop, tour the expo hall, and take part in a Q&A with current corrections experts.

Early learning. Attendees looking to start their learning a little sooner can attend Special Topics Saturday. Five daylong workshops are complimentary for attendees and will address areas like mental health first-aid training and inmate re-entry and reintegration.

Offsite tours. Two local correctional facilities—Osceola County Corrections and Orange County Corrections—will offer tours. Attendees can get an up-close look at these compounds and see their cutting-edge technology and inmate programs in action.

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Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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