Lenard Vare has over 28 years of practical experience in inmate management in both jails and prisons in CA and NV. He served as a prison Warden with the State of Nevada for four years managing various types of prisons and correctional facilities. He served as the Director and administrator over the Napa County Jail system in California and retired in 2018. Lenard's expertise is in inmate classification, security audits, policy development, program design, high-risk inmate transportation, organizational development, and training law enforcement and correctional personnel in topics related to inmate management. He has served as a criminal investigator and hostage/crisis negotiator, supervised fugitive recovery teams, conducted internal affairs investigations, and operated community-based correctional facilities. He has also served as criminal justice faculty teaching courses at the undergraduate level at local colleges. He is a certified jail manager and certified project management professional. Lenard has also worked as a COO over an international electronic monitoring company that also provided treatment and day reporting centers to criminal justice agencies. He has provided his expertise to both plaintiffs and defense counsel in a variety of cases in multiple states.
- Correctional Healthcare
- Jail Suicide
- Jails & Prisons
- Law Enforcement
- Police Procedures
- Security Management
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: Certified Jail Manager - American Jails Association
Project Management Professional - Project Management Institute
BS - Criminal Justice Administration
MS - Justice Management
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: Past Vice President - California Jail Programs Association
Past Member - Crime Stoppers of Napa Valley
Past Member - International Association of Chiefs of Police
Current Board Member - Lao Family Foundation (a non-profit organization)
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: I have taught over 30 courses in criminal justice at the undergraduate level at local colleges. Topics included courses on diversity in the workplace, use of force, correctional management, jail operations, etc. I have also presented various topics at corrections academies in both California and Nevada. I have guest lectured at UNLV and University of Nevada, Reno and local community colleges in California.
- 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: 20 plus cases.
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Jail riot and use of force;
Quality of care in-custody;
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: 40%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: 60%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: Numerous.
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: 2020.
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: I have been qualified in both Federal and State courts in California.
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: 3
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: 6
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: I am able to provide consulting, case review, reports, site inspection, training, staff development, audits, and investigations.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: I charge $200 an hour.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: My rate is $200 an hour for all services.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: My rate is $200 an hour for all services. However, depositions require travel and other expenses that would be billed at cost. I also have a 4-hour minimum for depositions regardless of the time. Travel time is billed at $100 per hour. Court appearances are billed at $2000 per day regardless of time plus travel and other direct expenses.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: My rate is $200 an hour for all services. However, testifying at a trial will require travel and other expenses that would be billed at cost. I also have a $2000 per day minimum for trial testimony regardless of the time.
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel will be based out of Austin, Texas. I would travel economy class and depend upon the agreement with the attorney, I might be able to continue working while traveling at the rate of $200 per hour. If I am not working during travel, travel time is billed at $100 per hour. Additional fees may apply at direct cost for copies, parking, vehicle rentals, etc.
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