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AJA's Membership Types. Please read the descriptions to be sure that you select the correct membership type.



For individuals who want to see what AJA is about before becoming a professional member


For those working in law enforcement and/or corrections. Each member receives access to all member benefits including: Magazine (print and on-line versions), Training & Certification discounts, access to iConnect, our national jail blog/forum and our weekly AJAlert newsletter, which covers topics, updates and upcoming training opportunities.


A person is eligible to be an AJA Retired Member if he/she has retired from corrections or from employment with any organization that provides services to the field of corrections. This membership category helps keep members current on new developments in the field.


Life Members recognize that supporting AJA's work is essential to the health and growth of their professional community. As a Life Member of AJA, you are showing your commitment to the ongoing development of the corrections profession.  We offer both single payment and pro-rated options to fit your budget. Anyone qualified to be an Individual or Retiree Member is also qualified to be a Life Member.


This special membership level is available to full-time students not currently employed in the field of corrections. Student membership can open the door to such opportunities as networking with current jail professionals and keeping up with the latest happenings in the field. Note- you must provide the following: Name of the college you attend, your student ID number and the email address on the account must be your student email.


Criminal justice agencies can benefit through an Agency Membership, which offers special pricing on AJA's professional development seminars, annual conference registration for several staff. Only the primary contact person will received all member benefits. (i.e. access to the national jail blog iConnect, a copy of our bi-monthly magazine and our weekly newsletter AJAlerts.

Industry Affiliate

Affiliate membership is available to private non-profit organizations. Evidence of nonprofit status must accompany your application


Corporate membership is available to companies providing products and services to jails. This beneficial membership category links your company to more than 3,200 jails and detention facilities in the United States through advertising, exhibiting, and sponsorship opportunities.


Receive our award winning bi-monthly American Jails magazine.

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