SARATOGA SPRINGS — Captain Thomas McGrail, of the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office, joined 92 county jail administrators from sheriff’s offices around the state to attend the annual Jail Administrators’ Continuing Education Program at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs.
Nationally known corrections consultant Carrie Hill, of Criminal Justice Consulting, was a featured speaker at the conference, presenting an extended update on legal issues facing corrections facilities.
Other topics covered at the four-day program ranged from veterans and county jails; jails and the Affordable Care Act; use of restraints and changes to the high school equivalency testing System. Representatives of the state Commission of Correction, state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, state Division of Criminal Justice Services and the state Comptroller’s Office shared their perspectives on new laws, practices and programs.
Experts from several sheriff’s offices also presented, including retired Captain Patrick Johnson, of the Herkimer County Sheriff’s Office, on mental health issues in county jails, Ron Harling, of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, on Medicaid reimbursements for county jail medical costs and on the Monroe County JailStat Program, and Chris Lian, of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.