RENO — A training conference and expo sponsored by the American Jail Association, in cooperation with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, will welcome some 1,200 jail practitioners and service providers from across the country April 22-26 at the Reno-sparks Convention Center in Reno.
The 31st Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo will present programs for the professionals to train, network and discuss many issues facing the country’s some 3,100 jails.
The industry estimates that nearly 13 million people are processed through U.S. jails every year. On any given day these jail facilities — which range from containing a single bed in isolated rural counties to more than 3,000 beds in large metropolitan cities — have a total estimated rated capacity of almost 1 million inmates.
Those incarcerated in these facilities include individuals awaiting trial, those convicted of crimes and those awaiting transport to state or federal prisons to serve their sentences. Among this diverse population are the mentally ill, homeless, substance abusers, and other special needs inmates.
Conference keynote speaker will be Darren A. Cruzan, an enrolled member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, who was appointed Deputy Bureau Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services in 2010. Mr. Cruzan oversees the bureau’s law enforcement, corrections, and tribal courts functions in addition to programs serving federally recognized tribes. He will address attendees during the opening session at 5 p.m. April 22.