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Webinars or other virtual events related to COVID-19 that you can participate in, listen in on, and/or pose/submit questions to experts.

Thursday, June 16, 2022
3:00 pm EDT
Guidance on Prevention and Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities

The content includes the following:

  • Guidance on developing a flexible COVID-19 prevention plan in correctional and detention facilities, incorporating the recently published CDC COVID-19 Community Levels
  • Considerations for implementing specific prevention strategies
  • Modified quarantine approaches that facilities can consider to reduce the impact of quarantine on mental health and staffing levels
  • Information on federal funding available to confinement facilities through the COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities program made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
  • Q&A


  • Liesl Hagan, MPH, Senior Scientist for Correctional Health, Office of the Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Sara Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice


Thursday, May 19, 2022
3:30 pm EDT
Guidance on Prevention and Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities

Please join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare for a webinar summarizing recent updates to CDC’s Guidance on Prevention and Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.

Presenter: Liesl Hagan, Senior Scientist for Correctional Health, CDC
Moderator: Fred Meyer, Managing Director, NCCHC Resources

CDC’s guidance update was posted on May 3, 2022, and on the webinar we will walk through the new and revised content. We will also take questions from participants.
January 20, 2022  

CJJA, in partnership with Pew Charitable Trusts, developed and issued a questionnaire to juvenile justice jurisdictions within all the 50 states to gather quantitative regarding post-adjudication population and qualitative data pertaining policy and practice changes implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The report summarizes the questionnaire data and responses submitted by jurisdictions. The paper also highlights specific policy and practices implemented with individual jurisdictions and sharing their experiences over the past year.
January 20, 2022
Quarantine and Isolation in Correctional Facilities and Homeless Service Sites

CDC will review the updated quarantine and isolation recommendations for these settings and three communities will share how they have adapted their quarantine and isolation approaches during the current surge of COVID-19. Staff from health departments, correctional facilities, and homeless service settings are all encouraged to join.
November 9, 2021
More Community, Less Confinement: How Supervision Violations Impacted Prison Admissions During the Pandemic

Providing healthcare during flu season has become potentially more challenging this year for correctional healthcare workers due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. When influenza is combined with COVID-19, the result is a combination of viral threats that can put a significant strain on correctional healthcare systems.
On November 9, 2021, the National Institute of Corrections will host a webinar titled “Influenza in the Context of COVID-19,” where experts from the CDC and local correctional agencies will address what effects influenza and COVID-19 might have on correctional systems. Panelists will also discuss how the timing of the vaccines can be done in relation to other procedures, such as testing for tuberculosis and administering monoclonal antibodies. Correctional administrators in all fields and law enforcement agencies that have custodial authority for detained populations are encouraged to attend.
For more information about correctional healthcare responses during COVID-19, contact Tashima Ricks, Correctional Program Specialist, Prisons Division, National Institute of Corrections
September 1, 2021
More Community, Less Confinement: How Supervision Violations Impacted Prison Admissions During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced changes in probation and parole that resulted in unprecedented drops in the number of people admitted to prison due to supervision violations. Now, state leaders face a critical question: What changes should be carried forward?

Join The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center for a virtual event to mark the launch of our new, nationwide analysis of probation and parole. A data presentation and panel discussion will explore changes that contributed to declines in the number of prison admissions due to supervision violations. But, given that supervision violations still make up a large share of prison admissions, the panel discussion will also explore what changes still need to happen in community supervision.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought many challenges to caring for incarcerated populations. Some initial interventions that were intended to prevent the spread of disease, such as decarceration, quarantine, limiting visitation, and stopping inter-facility transfers, had unintended consequences. In San Luis Obispo County, the number of Jail patients with Serious Mental Illness increased in spite of a decreasing Jail population, and the symptoms in those patients worsened as well. The San Luis Obispo team will take you through how real-time data collection alerted them to some concerning trends, how County leaders became engaged in finding solutions, the work that was done to treat and divert these patients, and where the Jail is now.
May 7, 2021
A Unique Moment in Time: Leveraging American Rescue Plan Funding for Juvenile Justice Reform

In March, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provides $1.9 trillion to states to support their economic and health recovery from the effects of COVID-19. While the law does not explicitly allocate funding for justice reform, states have broad discretion over how to allocate millions, if not billions, of dollars that could be used to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the Act and its provisions, including highlighting funding streams that could be used for juvenile justice reform and related purposes. In addition, participants will learn about concrete opportunities and innovations for improving juvenile justice systems that could be advanced through Recovery funding, including the efforts of select states that have moved in these directions.
May 3, 2021
Meet the Challenge, Taking Care of You Webinar

The American Correctional Association is asking each and every one of you to "MEET THE CHALLENGE by taking care of YOU!" Healthy staff promotes positive energy on the job, mental alertness on the job, and produces results at a higher productivity level on the job. As a corrections professional you know the importance of staff wellness and the importance of taking care of yourself. The stress and demands of the correctional job can adversely affect your wellness. We want you to get healthy, or be healthy, and stay healthy. You are important to our country, to our fellow citizens, and to public safety, security, and your family and friends!

A healthy "you" leads to better quality of life and contributes to our profession and our communities in positive ways!March 16 2021
April, 2021
Lessons Learned - Using Mobile Technology During a Global Pandemic

2020 was challenging on many levels for agencies, community supervision and treatment professionals. Officers bore the responsibility to ensure that every clients’ supervision and programming needs were addressed in a new and logistically complicated environment. Remote and mobile technology use skyrocketed throughout the year. During this session, attendees will learn how agency staff responded to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, what worked and didn’t, as well as the new challenges agencies face in 2021. Modern community supervision professionals must have the right tools to successfully keep up with the changing world in which we work and live.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn how agencies, officers and staff responded to rapidly changing demands to perform their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis
  2. Participants will learn the about the different technology used by officers, case managers and clients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. Participants will learn what has and has not worked over the last 12 months related to remote and mobile technology supervision
  4. Participants will learn which remote and mobile technologies will help them navigate and succeed in the rapidly changing world of community supervision
Jan 6-March 17, 2021
COVID-19 Therapeutics Educational Training for Correctional Health Providers

NOTE: Multiple sessions available between January 6 and March 17, choose the right session for you.

The American Correctional Association is offering a comprehensive education training program on COVID-19 Therapeutics for corrections professionals and the population we serve. The program will also address preventative intervention strategies with an emphasis on continuity of care for improved public health and to promote public safety. The program will offer an education of COVID-19, its emerging therapies, and how it applies to the correctional population. Continuing Medical Credits (CMEs) for prescribers and Continuing Education (CEs) for nurses will be offered to the program participants at no cost. Training will be conducted virtually over the course of 7.25-hour days, utilizing experts from the field to provide education for classes with up to 25 participants.
March 11 2021
Officer Safety, Wellness, and Leadership in the 21st Century: Tools, Strategies, and Solutions

Officers need real-time access to the best tools for accelerating leadership and successfully managing the mental and physical consequences of their careers. Attendees will benefit from learning about equipping officers with proactive, preventative, and practical wellness solutions; new research and innovative technology; strategies for improving recruitment, retention, and community relations; and treating trauma while reducing suicide risk. Attendees will also learn about new strategies to help probation and parole professionals identify untapped leadership potential, accelerate leadership development, and close leadership gaps while also addressing recruitment and retention concerns. Officer safety, wellness, and leadership challenges, opportunities, and actionable tools and strategic solutions for the 21st century will be highlighted throughout this dynamic session.

Dr. David Black, CEO of Cordico, will oversee the presentation and provide an opportunity for Q&A at the end.

February 25 2021
Stopping Violence and Saving Lives Using Community-Based Strategies

This year, urban communities have faced twin crises: COVID-19 and rising rates of violent crime and homicide. With physical distancing and calls for police reform limiting traditional law enforcement responses, demand is rising for community-based prevention and intervention strategies.

On Thursday, February 25, join the Council on Criminal Justice as we welcome experts from the front lines of focused deterrence, street outreach, and hospital-based violence prevention to discuss how community approaches can address the recent spike in homicides, and how COVID-19 has changed their work.
February 11 2021
A Conversation with CDC Experts: COVID-19 Management in Jails

The American Jail Association (AJA) has entered into a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to present a series of virtual training opportunities for correctional agencies. The first of these trainings will focus on COVID-19 and best practices for jails and detention centers in managing the virus and its impact on staff, inmates, and facilities.
Nov 17 2020
Criminal Justice Early Release of Incarcerated Individuals with SUD in response to COVID19-Strategies For Rural Communities
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST and will feature speakers from ONDCP, the Department of Justice, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the nonprofit community to showcase state and local efforts to support the reentry process for criminal justice populations during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. You may find more information about the webinar and the participants in the attached invitation.
Thurs, Oct 22 2020
Free Webinar: Lawmaking Around the World in the Time of COVID-19
COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges for legislatures and policymakers around the world. Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear from our esteemed panelists on how legislatures have responded to this ongoing crisis. Dr. Ronan Cormacain (British Institute of International and Comparative Law), Dr. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov (Bar Ilan University), and Mr. Noah Wofsy (U.S. House of Representatives) will discuss emergency legislation and other challenges presented by lawmaking during a public health emergency, drawing on illustrative examples from various countries. Attention will be paid to COVID-19-related procedural changes in the U.S. House of Representatives, such as proxy voting. The panel will be moderated by Tobias Dorsey (White House Office of Administration) and will be open to questions from participants.
Thurs, Oct 1, 2020
2020 Webinar: Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 in Corrections
COVID-19 has affected corrections in rates greatly exceeding those in the community. A study by NCCHC and researchers from Harvard Kennedy School indicated a rate of 7,737 per 100,000 inmates compared to a rate of 542 per 100,000 individuals throughout the United States. In addition, individuals with serious underlying medical conditions are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19. National experts on correctional health care will share their policies, practices, and perspectives and will answer questions on managing COVID-19 with this vulnerable population. While every correctional facility is unique, this discussion will offer research, information, and ideas practitioners can use to ensure public health and safety during this unprecedented challenge. Program participants will receive access to the PowerPoint presentation and the webinar recording.
Wed, Sept 23, 2020
COVID-19 and Influenza: Strategic Preparation to Mitigate the Spread of Infection within Correctional Agencies
As corrections professionals address the challenges and management of COVID-19 pandemic in correctional facilities, there are increasing concerns as we approach the season for influenza (flu). COVID-19 and influenza share many symptoms, which can make them difficult to accurately diagnose. Diligent planning from all aspects of corrections is required to address the upcoming flu season’s impact on healthcare systems, correctional agencies’ staff, and all patients.
Thurs, Sept 3, 2020
How are Pretrial Service Agencies Dealing with the Coronavirus?
Tues, Aug 4, 2020
Implementing Alternatives to Restrictive Housing and Ensuring Public Health: Maintaining Safety and Security During COVID-19
Wed, Jun 17, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Juvenile Probation Meets Wraparound: An Innovative Approach to Supervising High Risk Youth
June 10, 2020
CJJA and CSG Present: Developing Partnerships with Key Educational Entities and Workforce Development Providers
March - May, 2020
Weekly Webinar for Law Enforcement and Correctional Health Care
NCCHC teamed up with the Major County Sheriffs of America to present a weekly, practical update to answer questions and share insights from the front lines of COVID in facilities. The series has completed its run, but historical recordings are available for you to review.
March-April, 2020
National Association of Drug Court Professionals: Webinar Series (Multiple)
March 18, 2020
CDC: Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19
March 12, 2020
COVID-19 Webinar for Law Enforcement & Correctional Facilities