Expertise DescriptionI have more than 20 years experience in the field of criminal justice systems, as well as over 10 years experience serving as a correction officer and in managerial titles. My expertise includes security, custody and compliance management; correctional facility security; prison search procedures; discharge from custody procedures; suicide prevention procedures; assignment of mixed gender staff and staff training issues. I am also experienced in inmate classification, inmate transportation, and procedures for handling inmate disturbances. I have prior experience offering my services as a criminal justice systems expert witness.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: timely release from custody upon court order to discharge; duties of correction officers and reasonable accommodation requirements of the ADA; strip search procedures for females; training scenario staged when correction officers were held hostage and physically threatened; wrongful death, adolescent committed suicide while in custody; inmate's possession of written materials found to incite a riot; search procedures during which inmates are locked down for up to 48 hours on a routine basis; death of inmate following incident in which he was restrained and medicated after attacking staff; assessment of opportunities for reducing overtime; discharge from custody after receiving a court order release; plaintiff involved with use of force with arresting police officers and corrections officers and not treated for injuries; involvement in a physical altercation in a minimum security housing unit with an improperly classified inmate.
I began my career with the New York City Department of Correction as an officer and was routinely required to conduct and document suicide watches. As a supervisor I directed others to implement suicide watches and I investigated suicides and suicide attempts. As an administrator I participated in Death Review Boards with medical and criminal investigators to determine what actions could or should have been taken to prevent the act. I recognize the critical importance of the actions of the person conducting a suicide watch and the physical environment in which the person is held as a successful suicide needs both motive and opportunity.
|B.S.||Criminal Justice Administration||John Jay College of Criminal Justice – New York||New York|