Please join LexisNexis for a webinar with Gerard Horgan, retired special sheriff/superintendent who has over 30 years of correctional facility management experience. Corrections is a challenging and rapidly changing profession. This informative webinar will focus on the latest developments in legal issues that impact staff, offenders, and facilities. Topics to be discussed include recent case law, statutory requirements, operational strategies, and commonly litigated issues including:

  • Use of Force
  • Qualified Immunity
  • Medical Issues Including COVID and MAT
  • Mental Health/Self-injurious behavior
  • The Use of Restrictive Housing
  • Transgender Offenders
  • Religious Rights
  • Special Diets
  • Access to Courts


Gerard Horgan served as the Superintendent of Jail Operations and Special Sheriff at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office from 2013 to 2018. In this role, he supervised all uniformed, programs, medical, mental health, HR, fiscal, legal, classification, and other administrative staff. Horgan oversaw the daily operation of the facility and serves as a liaison to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and the courts. Previously, he spent over 25 years at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department where he was Director of Human Resources, Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent/Special Sheriff at both the Nashua Street Jail and the South Bay House of Correction. Currently, Horgan is a member of the Governor’s Special Commission on Correctional Funding in Massachusetts and he has worked with the Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association on the compliance efforts with the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018. He also provides consulting services to a number of Sheriff’s offices on legal and operational issues.


Title: 2022 Need to Know Legal Issues for Corrections Professionals
Duration: 1:07:23 (Recorded June 29, 2022)

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