Lenard Vare, MJM, CJM Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: Lenard Vare Consulting
  • Phone: 707 430 7568
  • Cell: 707 430 7568
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Law Enf & Criminal Justice and Police Practices & Procedures

Specialty Focus: Jail, Prison, Custody, Incarceration, Corrections, Law Enforcement, Sentencing, Classification, Use of Force, Death, Security, Religious Rights, Agency Policies, Negligence, Housing, Supervision of Inmates, Strip Searches, Suicides, Conditions of Confinement, 1983 Litigation (Jails and Prisons)

Education: Master of Justice Management, University of Nevada, Reno; BS, Criminal Justice Administration, University of Phoenix, Reno

Years in Practice: 25+

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 7

Additional Information

Lenard Vare has over 27 years of practical experience in inmate management in both jails and prisons in CA and NV. He is a retired prison Warden with the state of Nevada and a recently retired Director of a county jail system in CA. Lenard's expertise is in inmate classification, 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. Recent cases in which Lenard has been retained as an expert have involved - A jail riot and subsequent staff response resulting in a class action lawsuit; Inmate suicide inside a jail cell; Inmate death following an arrest and use of force action in the booking area; Inmate death in a case involving someone with mental health issues as well as a history of substance abuse; Lawsuit related to classification and placement of female inmates with limited services and access to programs. Cases in which Lenard has been consulted for case review have included - Shackling of pregnant inmates during transportation and court appearances; Use of force on inmates; Use of Taser; Classification and placement of inmates; Employee termination lawsuit following a finding of improper conduct. Lenard served as the past vice president of the California Jail Programs Association, which is the only intra-agency association in the state dedicated to inmate programming and rehabilitation in local county jails. Lenard served on a state-wide coalition that produced a white paper on the state of inmate mental health inside California's jails through the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO).