AJA President's Initiative

Gender Equity in Jails Across the Country


After an incident in 2014, AJA President Elias Diggins' agency established the Gender Equity Commission as part of an effort to create a more gender-responsive environment within Denver’s jails.

This Commission identified solutions that made gains in staffing the women’s housing unit, implemented department policy that allows pregnant deputies to work modified duties, provided gender-responsive and trauma-informed training for staff. It also developed a lactation support policy for inmates and updated policies on interacting with visitors.

The agency has committed to making this a continuous process that, with effort and dedication, can become part of the fabric of the organization.