Jeff Eiser has over 29 years of practical work experience in the operation and administration of one of the largest local corrections systems in the United States. He has extensive experience and expertise in the daily operation and staffing of small, medium and large jail facilities. Mr. Eiser holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and a Master's Degree in Education from Xavier University.
Mr. Eiser offers a unique combination of real life experience, a researcher and adjunct instructor of criminal justice at the undergraduate university level. He has a distinct advantage over other criminal justice experts because he has personal experience in every facet of a corrections/jail facility.
Mr. Eiser has assisted attorneys since 1994 as a jail operations expert witness and has been qualified and testified (federal and state courts) in areas of corrections facility operations and staffing; jail intake and screening procedures; staff negligence; inmate assault (failure to protect); staff use-of-force; prisoner access to medical and mental health care; in-custody deaths; inmate suicide; sexual assault by staff/other prisoner; conditions of confinement; inmate classification, housing and supervision; strip/body cavity searches; jail record procedures; accommodations for disabled prisoners; jail/prison standards, policies and procedures; and the training of correctional staff, supervisors and administrators.
Areas of Expertise
- Correctional Healthcare
- Jail Suicide
- Jails & Prisons
- Law Enforcement
- Police Procedures
- Wrongful Death
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Master's Degree in Education
Bachelor of Science Degree
University of Dayton
Majored in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in corrections.
Certified Peace Officer from 1982 - 2009 and awarded life-time, permanent Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy Master Instructor Certification in 1994.
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Member of American Jail Association
Member of American Correctional Association
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice – since 2002 instructing undergraduate students in the College of Evening and Continuing Education at the University of Cincinnati.
Consultant and Trainer – since 1993 presenting national training seminars for the American Jail Association and the National Institute of Corrections - U.S. Department of Justice. Topics include jail administration, leadership and interpersonal communication and de-escalation skills.
Criminal Justice Trainer, Author and Researcher – Co-Author of the Ohio Jail Administrator's Handbook in conjunction with the Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention (March 2008).Researched and authored a large part of the training curriculum used by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council (O.P.O.T.C.) to train and certify corrections officers, supervisors and administrators.
Assisting O.P.O.T.C. in presenting "Corrections Management" training course to all newly elected County Sheriffs in Ohio.
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: No
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: 90+ times
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: I have been assisting local governments and attorneys from around the country in civil litigation brought by jail prisoners since 1994. Qualified and testified (federal and state courts) in areas of corrections facility operations and staffing; jail intake and screening procedures; staff negligence; inmate assault (failure to protect); staff use-of-force; prisoner access to medical and mental health care; in-custody deaths; inmate suicide; sexual assault by staff/other prisoner; conditions of confinement; inmate classification, housing and supervision; strip/body cavity searches; jail record procedures; accommodations for disabled prisoners; jail/prison standards, policies and procedures; and the training of correctional staff, supervisors and administrators.
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 45%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 55%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 50+
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: I have a deposition scheduled this month.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: I have been qualified as a corrections/jail expert since 1994 in local and federal courts.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 25+
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 20 years, since 1994. I only accepted a few cases a year since I was still a working professional. I retired from full-time employment in February 2009 so I now accepting more cases.
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: I provide five types of services:
1) Investigate a particular scene or event, research everything available on the
subject, and then analyze and evaluate the findings.
2) Evaluate the merits of a potential claim and document my work with a written
report on my findings. I will express my opinion about the cause of the
problem and the merits of the claim.
3) Recommend certain aspects of litigation strategy since corrections/jail
litigation is very foreign to most attorneys. I will suggest other areas to
be investigated or tested. I am aware of opposing experts and can project the
arguments he/she may use.
4) I will testify in depositions and at trial to explain and then defend the
opinions and conclusions I have formulated. I can appear before administrative
5) I will help you understand complex matters and little-known procedures
involved in correctional facilities. I will assist you in gaining enough
knowledge of the corrections/jail issue(s) to effectively cross-examine the
opposing lay and expert witnesses.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: I do not charge to consult with an attorney. If the attorney wishes to use my services, I charge a retainer of $1000 (Payable by client at the start of case, first 6 hours of work will be deducted from this retainer)
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: HOURLY RATE FOR READING AND REVIEWING DOCUMENTS: $175 per hour
HOURLY RATE FOR DESIGNING, RESEARCHING, EDITING AND WRITING A REPORT/POSITION PAPER: $175 per hour
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: RATE FOR TESTIFYING IN A DEPOSITION: $1200 per day
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: RATE FOR TESTIFYING IN A DEPOSITION OR COURT PROCEEDING: $1200 per day (in-court to testify or $1000 per day on-site in waiting).
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: RATE FOR SITE VISIT AND ANALYSIS: $1000 per day/visit (travel time to/from site and analysis)
TRAVEL EXPENSES: REIMBURSEMENT FOR MILEAGE (@ current IRS rate per mile), ACTUAL COST OF LODGING, AIRLINE TICKET (if applicable), LOCAL TRANSPORTATION COSTS (rental car, shuttle, etc.) AND MEALS PER DIEM OF $50.
OTHER FEES AS NEGOTIATED
References available upon request.