Each week we highlight an article from our AJAlert or Magazine. To receive the Alert or Magazine

In American Jails Magazine - Help More, Judge Less

You see a sex worker who overdosed, bright purple bruises on her face, track marks down her arm, we see a 4-year-old little girl who was sexually abused by her older cousin until she was 14 years old, whose mother regularly beat her and whose father was in jail most of her life. You see a gang member with distribution charges and tattoos covering most of his body, we see a little boy whose parents were 15 and 16 years old when they had him and who was raised in the streets. He watched his father deal drugs and the one thing he said to himself is, “I will never be like my daddy”. You see addicts and criminals and we see people with trauma who the system failed to help long before they got to jail or prison.
 
America’s Mental Health Crisis
To say we have a mental health crisis in this country is an understatement. Suicide, overdoses, school shootings, mass shootings, relapses, and crime. Unfortunately, it is every week. It takes a lot to catch our attention because it’s just too much. We are numb and the systems and people who are charged with managing all of it are stretched thin, understaffed, and ill-prepared for what we are facing. Provisional data from the CDC for 2023 shows we are losing 304 people to overdose and 136 to suicide every day. If 440 chipmunks died every day in this country people would be picketing in front of the White House and raising hell. People dying as a result of the mental health crisis is the ‘new normal’. We are numb and the infrastructures designed to treat the problems are overwhelmed and failing us. Read more.

.






2024 Summit is coming to Palm Springs, California - Registration is open!

If you work in corrections - you need to be here!
   
Join us for innovative sessions that focus on practical solutions to the leadership challenges facing mid-level supervisors and command staff today. In addition to professional training, learn from your colleagues through various networking opportunities.

Registration and Housing are Open! Click here for more information.
 
________________________________________________________________________________________



Let AJA Connect You to Job Listings & Resources

There are more than 3,500 local jails and detention centers in the United States.
The American Jail Association offers a career resource center for any individual
who is seeking a position in the corrections field.  Successful candidates possess
superior skills, integrity, and knowledge.

 

Are you looking for a career in corrections or looking to hire correction professionals? Check out our Career Center
Post a career, search for a career, look at "Why Corrections?" and more.

  

UPCOMING EVENTS

View All Events

Click here to see our training opportunities.
______________________________

                                                 ______________________________

 
Become a member and follow the conversation on iConnect!
 
 

 Operations
& Workplace
Strategies

Listen to podcasts, view webinars and videos, and review agencies' policies and preparedness plans.

Learn More
RESPONDING TO COVID-19  

Personal
Health
& Wellness

Explore ways to manage stress, resilience tips and tools, relaxation techniques, and family activities.

Learn More

Discover public assistance programs, grants, and read FEMA's Daily Updates and CDC's Fact Sheet.

Learn More