Jail Executive Institute


The Jail Executive Institute (JEI) is a cooperative venture between the American Jail Association (AJA) and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

Class #1 - 2022
Class #2 - 2023

Apply for Class #3
Who is a jail executive?
For the purposes of the JEI, a jail executive is defined as:
A person (sworn or civilian) who directs, administers, and/or is in charge of the operations of a local correctional agency. This person reports directly to the sheriff, and/or county/city governing body or board. The jail executive has the final decision‑making authority in the facility with regard to policies and procedures, staff and inmate safety and security, maintenance, staffing, training, all programs, and preparation of annual budgets and expenditures.
A member of your executive command staff.  Ideally, this person is involved with executive-level policy, operations, budget, and human resource/disciplinary decisions.
For the purposes of the JEI, a jail is defined as:
  1. A county, municipal, tribal, or regional facility that houses pretrial and sentenced inmates; and/or an institution that houses pretrial and sentenced inmates where the state is responsible for jail operations (Alaska, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Delaware); and/or a private facility that houses pretrial and sentenced inmates and exists to serve the local jail needs of the community where it operates.
  1. A facility that houses ONLY pretrial detainees, regardless of what entity operates it. This includes, but is not limited to facilitates that house persons for less than 72 hours (lock-ups), facilities that house federal or military custody inmates awaiting trail (e.g. ICE, U.S. Marshals, Armed Forces), institutions where the state is responsible for the operations of jails, and private facilities.
  1. A local government or private facility that houses convicted persons who, without this facility’s existence, would serve their sentence in the local jurisdiction’s jail. With regard to private facilities, the local government responsible for jail operations has contracted with a separate entity to replace that jurisdiction’s jail operations.


Inquiries and/or questions should be directed to Connie Lacy at conniel@aja.org or Dr. Mark Foxall at markfoxall@unomaha.edu. Completed applications should be emailed to Lori Bachtell at lorib@aja.org