Do you have a story to share? An experience that can help others? For every success, for every failure,
for every lesson learned, there is a story to be told.
Innovative approaches and solutions that address operations, staff training and retention, inmate
programming, healthcare, and other equally important issues are being developed in jail facilities across the Nation.
Now is the time to consider penning an article in American Jails magazine to tell your story… how you went
from having a problem to how you found a solution. Your experiences and expertise can greatly assist
individual agencies in particular, and the field of local corrections in general.
For more information about submitting an article or guest editorial, please review our submission guidelines here, or click here to e-mail Sandra Lunsford.
AJA's first Executive Director, Dick Ford, dies following stroke
It is with great sadness that the American Jail Association announces the passing of Francis R. "Dick" Ford. Ford, a former sheriff, became the first Executive Director of AJA in 1986. He died July 23 at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center after a long illness following a stroke. He was 90. In 2015, AJA established a Distinguished Service Award in Ford's honor that recognizes a lifetime of professional excellence in the field of local corrections. Recipients of the award are recognized at the annual AJA Conference & Jail Expo. A tribute to Ford will appear in the September/October edition of American Jails magazine. Watch Ford talk about his days at AJA in this video. Read his obituary.
Email Phishing Scam Alert: Please use caution when opening attachments in emails from American Jail Staff. Due to a recent “Disputed Payment” type of email phishing scam, many emails are being sent with potentially harmful attachments falsely using AJA’s staff email addresses. In order to protect our members, all legitimate invoices from the American Jail Association will be sent as both as an attachment and will be visible in the body of the email.
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