Administrator Stafford of Oswego County Sheriff’s Office attends Jail Administrators Training Conference

Saratoga Springs, NY – Seventy- nine jail administrators from across New York State recently attended the 14th Annual Jail Administrators Training Conference in Saratoga Springs.

From left are Donald B. Smith, President of the Sheriffs’ Association, Michael K. Stafford
From left are Donald B. Smith, President of the Sheriffs’ Association, Michael K. Stafford.

Sponsored by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, the conference provides participants with training in the latest advances in law enforcement and a forum to discuss current corrections issues, receive updates on new legislation impacting corrections and law enforcement, and share best practices.

Representatives of several state agencies, such as the NYS Commission of Correction; the NYS Department of Corrections & Community Supervision, NYS Association of Incarcerated Education Programs Inc., NYS DNA  Databank, and the NYS Department of Health, shared their perspectives on new laws and practices with the jail administrators.

Session topics at this year’s conference included: the prison rape elimination act; inmate intake; an overview of the NIC/Urban institute transition from jail to the community model; education for incarcerated youth, jail accreditation, DNA: 2012 legislation & new responsibilities for jails; and offender workforce development specialist training.

Key speakers included Carrie Hill, former counsel to the Utah State Department of Corrections, and a nationally known lecturer and consultant on jail legal issues, and Thomas Beilein, Chairman of the NYS Commission of Corrections, and former Sheriff of Niagara County.

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith, who also serves as President of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association, said, “Sheriffs remain committed to providing education and training to advance the professionalism of all aspects of our Sheriffs’ Offices.”

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, formed in 1934 to assist sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public. It comprises all of the elected and appointed sheriffs of New York State. Visit

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc. was established in 1979. The mission of the Institute is to assist the office of the sheriff in advancing education in the criminal justice community, preventing juvenile delinquency, developing lawful and productive citizens, and supporting victims of crime and their families. Visit


  1. I would like to know if sheriff’s are qualified to make the decision of pulling an inmate off of their psych meds. Is it because they don’t like this person. Any doctor will tell you that it is unhealthy physically and mentally to just stop meds. As far as I’m concerned whoever decided to play doctor should be charged, attempted murder if the person was on antidepressants.

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