AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Expert Witness Services
University of Connecticut BA Law and Society
National Institute of Corrections, Aurora CO
Jon Brighthaupt has joined the DLG team as a Correctional Consultant and Investigator following his recent retirement from the Connecticut Department of Correction at the rank of Warden, following 20 years of state service. During his tenure with the department, Mr. Brighthaupt served in numerous specialized areas including frontline staff and inmate supervision, statewide investigations and audits, staff training, statewide labor/management contract negotiations and as Warden of two maximum security presentence and sentenced correctional institutions.
While assigned to the department’s investigative and audit division, Mr. Brighthaupt spent several years conducting internal affairs investigations and investigations into incidents of specific concern to the Commissioner of Correction. He was also responsible for conducting compliance audits in order to ensure specific correctional standards were adhered to statewide. As a result of his expertise in these areas, he was tasked with co-developing and facilitating the statewide investigative training curriculum for all supervisory personnel. His proficiency in investigations and compliance audits ultimately resulted in his promotion to lead and manage the division. During the last 5 years of Mr. Brighthaupt’s correctional career he was responsible for the overall management and operation of two maximum-security correctional institutions. The first being a 767 bed maximum security presentence facility, which primarily housed prisoners who were pending adjudication of their criminal charges. This assignment is where Mr. Brighthaupt obtained specialized experience in the areas of managing newly committed detainees and the specific concerns associated with their acclimation to detention, the risks and signs of potential prisoner self harm, admitting and processing of prisoners, population accountability, prisoner transportation and supervision of a highly transient and unpredictable population. Subsequently, Mr. Brighthaupt assumed command of a 1,576 bed maximum security sentenced facility which housed several specialized populations including administrative segregation and protective custody. During this assignment, Mr. Brighthaupt led a team which reconfigured a general population housing unit to accommodate the relocation of two phases of administrative segregation inmates from the state’s supermax institution as well as developed security protocols to ensure overall facility safety.
Mr. Brighthaupt earned a Bachelor’s degree with a focus in Law and Society from the University of Connecticut and has received formal training at the National Institute of Corrections in Aurora, Colorado. He has also received certifications from several nationally recognized Internal Affairs and Investigative training organizations as well as successfully completed training in Incident Command Systems (levels 100, 200 & 300).