Conference FAQs

Conference Venue & Dates
 
When and where is the upcoming AJA Conference & Jail Expo?
The AJA 40th Annual Conference & Jail Expo will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio from April 10-14, 2021. The address is 400 North High Street.
 
Housing
 
What housing options are available to exhibitors and attendees?
AJA has secured a discounted rate at the several nearby hotels. Housing information to come. Reservations open November 2020.

Registration
 
When does registration open?
Conference registration opens November 2020.
 
What are the onsite registration hours?
Saturday, April 10 - 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 11 - 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, April 12 - 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 - 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14 - 7:30 a.m. – Noon
 
What luncheons/receptions are included with my attendee registration fee?

  • Welcome Reception: Saturday, April 10
  • AJA Opening Luncheon & Business Meeting: Sunday, April 11
  • Jail Expo Grand Opening Reception: Sunday, April 11
  • Jail Expo Lunch Meal Vouchers: Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13
  • AJA Awards Reception & Annual Awards Banquet: Tuesday, April 13
 
Can I bring my spouse or child?
Yes, we have a special Guest registration rate that family members can register under. Children under 18 do not need to register, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times and are not allowed in the Exhibit Hall during move in and move out.
 
What if I only want to visit the Exhibit Hall?
Attendees who just want to go to the Exhibit Hall MUST register for a one-day pass or a full conference registration. If you are a non-exhibiting company you must register as such for a one-day pass or full conference registration.
 
Do workshop speakers and presenters have to register?
Yes, if speaking or presenting you must register for a one-day pass or full conference registration. If you are only speaking or presenting at your workshop and do not want access to the rest of the conference or Jail Expo, you do not have to register.
 
What facility tours will be available?
There will be a list of facility tours offered in the conference program and at the facility tour sign-up table. Tours are provided on a first come, first serve basis.
 
Is there a student rate available and who qualifies?
AJA offers a student full conference registration rate of $95. Any student not employed in corrections can register at the student rate and present a valid student ID.
 
Will there be a Criminal Justice Student Day?
Yes, AJA will hold its eighth annual Criminal Justice Student Day on Tuesday, April 13. It features a complimentary one-day pass to our conference.
 
Where do I pick up my badge and registration materials?
All materials can be picked up at exhibitor registration at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 400 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio.
 
When and where is the 2022 AJA Conference & Jail Expo?
The AJA 41st Annual Conference & Jail Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California from May 21-25, 2022.
 
Exhibiting Partners
 
How much does exhibit space cost for the 2021 Jail Expo?
Exhibit Booth Pricing:
  • 10' x 10' Booths - $1,895 (Inline Location)
  • 10' x 10' Booths - $2,195 (Premium Inline Location)
  • 10' x 10' Booths - $2,295 (Corner Location)
  • 10' x 10' Booths - $2,695 (Premium Corner Location)
  • 10' x 20' Booths - Please ask (One Corner and One Inline)
  • 10' x 20' Booths - Please ask (Two Corner Booths)
  • 20' x 20' Booths - $10,000
  • 20' x 20' Booths - $12,000 (Premium)
  • New Exhibitor Showcase:
    • $1,610 (Inline Location)
    • $2,010 (Corner Location)
 
What does an Exhibitor get with the Booth?
Booth Fee Includes:
  • 10' x 10' booth space with draped 8' back wall and 3' side rails
  • Company identification sign
  • Two (2) complimentary exhibitor badges for individuals directly employed as staff of your company with access to workshops, seminars and sessions
  • Additional passes are available for only individuals directly employed as staff of your company for a fee of $95 each
  • 24-hour security service
  • Daily aisle maintenance
  • Company listing in the conference program book and mobile app
  • Advance and post-show attendee listing
 
Does carpeting and furniture come with the booth?
No, exhibitors must order carpeting and furniture.

Who is the Show decorator and how can I as an Exhibitor contact them?
Shepard is the official Show contractor. Exhibitors must use the AJA's official show service contractor for drayage, furniture rentals, and other services published in the Exhibitor Service Kit. Exhibitors are expected to have their booths in show condition each morning before the Exhibit Hall opens.
 
Where can an exhibitor find information about ordering carpeting, furniture, electricity etc.?
All of that information will be in the electronic Exhibitor Service Kit which will come from our general services contractor, Shepard, in January.
 
Where can I find the Exhibitor Services Kit?
The Exhibitor Service Kit is electronic. Shepard will provide Exhibitors with a link to the website as well as the AJA conference show code to access the information.
 
How do I register my booth staff for badges?
All badges will be registered via the AJA Jail Expo module (the same as when you selected and paid for your booth). Once you have you have your booth space, click here to register or pay for additional badges.  
 
How many badges come with the booth?
As an AJA Exhibitor, with your booth space, you will receive two (2) exhibitor badges per 10x10.
 
What if I need more badges or need to make changes to the badges?
All additional badges will be sold via the AJA Jail Expo module (the same as when you selected and paid for your booth). Once you have you have your booth space, click here to register and pay for additional badges. Badge sales will be available onsite, however to save time, please use this link. Please note, booth spaces must be 100% paid for before additional badges may be purchased.

Where can I find Sponsorship Information?
Sponsorship information is to come.
 
What are the onsite registration hours for Exhibitors?
Saturday, April 10 - 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 11 - 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, April 12 - 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 - 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
 
What are the hours of the Jail Expo?
Sunday, April 11 - 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, April 12 - 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 13 - 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.*
*Prize drawings will be held in the AJA Pavilion with exhibitors on Tuesday, April 13 at 11:45 a.m. Attendees must be present to win.
 
Where do I pick up my badge and registration materials?
All materials can be picked up at exhibitor registration at the Greater Columbus Convention Center at 400 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio.
 
When and where is the 2021 AJA Conference & Jail Expo?
The AJA 41st Annual Conference & Jail Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California from May 21-25, 2022.