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Monday, June 12, 2023

Legal Issues/Use of Force Following the Latest Trends and Developing Best Practices

Start Date: 6/12/2023 8:00 AM EDT
End Date: 6/13/2023 5:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Robert A. Christensen Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO  United States  80109

Organization Name: American Jail Association

Lori Bachtell
Email: lorib@aja.org
Phone: (301) 857-2620

Legal Issues/Use of Force

When: June 12 and 13, 2023
Hosted by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Time: 8 AM until 5 PM 
Where: Robert A. Christensen Justice Center
            4000 Justice Way
            Castle Rock, CO 80109
Cost: Member: $375 / Non-member: $425
Instructor: Gerard Horgan

Legal Issues/Use Of Force 2023 – Following the Latest Trends and Developing Best Practices
The landscape of corrections in regard to the use of force has been rapidly changing over the past few years and last several months.  This two-day interactive training is designed to hone the skills of corrections managers, supervisors and line staff by reviewing best use of force practices in dealing with offenders with mental health issues, medical issues, and co-occurring disorders.  We will also focus on the latest developments in legal issues that impact our staff, offenders and facilities.  Best practices, recent case law, statutory requirements and operational strategies will be discussed.  Topics will include:
  • 42 USC 1983
  • Use of Force
  • Qualified Immunity
  • Kingsley v. Hendrickson
  • Training Best Practices
  • Delirium Tremens
  • De-escalation
  • Use of Force Policy Best Practices
  • After Action Reviews
  • Medical /Mental Health
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • The Use of Restrictive Housing
  • Transgender Offenders
  • Familiarizing Staff with Court Proceedings

Instructor Bio: 


Gerard Horgan served as the Superintendent of Jail Operations and Special Sheriff at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office from 2013 to 2018.  In this role, he supervised all Uniformed, Programs, Medical, Mental Health, HR, Fiscal, Legal, Classification and other Administrative staff.  Horgan oversaw the daily operation of the facility and serves as a liaison to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and the courts.   Previously, he spent over 25 years at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department where he was Director of Human Resources, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent/Special Sheriff at both the Nashua Street Jail and the South Bay House of Correction. Currently, Horgan is a member of the Governor’s Special Commission on Correctional Funding in Massachusetts and he has worked with the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association on the compliance efforts with the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018. He also provides consulting services to a number of Sheriff’s offices on legal and operational issues.

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A minimum number of participants are needed to hold our workshops.  You may cancel up to five business days prior to the Professional Development Workshop.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received five or less business days before the class.  All cancellations are subject to a $50 service fee.  Your cancellation must be received in writing via fax or e-mail.  Substitutions are acceptable.  "No Shows" will be charged at the applicable rate.
It is strongly recommended that participants DO NOT purchase airline tickets without first contacting AJA to confirm program availability.  Workshops begin at 8:00 AM and usually go until 4:00 PM (unless otherwise noted).

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 6/5/2023 1:00 PM

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