Video jail visitation demonstrations, examples specially manufactured toothbrushes, and workshops on jail management, use of force and complying with federal laws were on the agenda when the American Jail Association’s 32nd Annual Training Conference and Jail Expo came to Grand Rapids

The American Jail Association represents the 3,300 jails throughout the United States and members gather each year for training sessions and exhibits of the latest services and technology for the industry.

The Grand Rapids event featured more than 40 workshops, 60 presenters and a multitude of vendors.

Kim Spedaro, past president of the American jail Association, said members who had never been to Grand Rapids, including herself, were pleased with the experience.

“A lot of people are saying this: ‘What's in Grand Rapids? What's in Grand Rapids?’” she said. “We are all so amazed what a wonderful city this is. We definitely will come back.”