Jail Executive Institute

JEI has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus.
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The Jail Executive Institute (JEI) is formed in partnership with the American Jail Association (AJA) and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS), School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ).  UNO is located in Omaha, Nebraska.  JEI is designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals in command-level positions. 

Instructional Program  - JEI Class #1

  • The first 40 hours of the JEI program will be held on the UNO campus. 
  • Classes will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Friday. 
  • Each month thereafter, students will be required to participate in a two (2) hour distance learning seminar session broadcast from the UNO campus. 
  • After each distance learning seminar, participants will be required to complete a 3-5 page paper. 

Over the course of the months succeeding the in-classroom sessions, participants will be required select and research a topic related to a contemporary issue that impacts jail leadership and operations.  Subsequent to the research of that topic, participants will prepare a final paper (15 – 20 pages) summarizing what they learned from the material.  The final activity will require the participants to deliver an oral presentation of that paper at the AJA annual conference to a select audience of their peers.  JEI graduation will be held during the week of the AJA annual conference, following oral presentations.

Curriculum Topics (Tentative)
  • Engaging Your External Stakeholders (Politics and Leadership)
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Collective Bargaining and Labor Unions 
  • Managing Fiscal Resources (The Public Budget)
  • Ethics and Managing the External Environment
  • Restrictive Housing
  • Emergency Management
  • Use of Force in a Confined Environment
  • Mental Health
  • Media Relations
  • Human Resources
    • Recruitment
    • Retention
    • Discipline
    • Intergenerational Workforce
    • Evaluation
Participant Responsibilities
  • Prospective applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Must currently serve in an executive or upper management position.
    • Must possess an associate’s degree or equivalent. (The equivalent of an associate’s degree is four years of full time occupational experience in current career field which reflects increasing duties and responsibilities.)
  • Prior to acceptance into the program, participants will be required to prepare a 500 word essay which delineates their reasons for wanting to participate in the JEI program.
  • Full time attendance is mandatory for all classes and program activities. This includes distance learning seminars, oral presentation and graduation.
Agency Responsibilities
  • Each participant’s application must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from that individual’s direct report. If no direct report is available, a letter provided by a senior executive level member from the criminal justice community, with whom the participant interacts, will suffice.
  • Provide tuition and travel to UNO
  • Provide travel, per diem, registration for the AJA conference
  • Ensure participant available to participate in pre-session work as well as seminars offered during the months of November, December, January, February,and March.
Program Fee
The program fee of $2,995 includes tuition, textbooks, course materials, lodging and some meals.