Since its introduction to the corrections community in 1987, American Jails magazine has had the distinction of being the only national magazine focused solely on the day-to-day management and operations of local detention facilities.

Published bimonthly, American Jails magazine reaches government personnel at the local, State, and Federal levels, as well as individuals in the private sector. To discover the diversity of American Jails magazine's topics, see our Editorial Guidelines and Issue Spotlights.

American jails magazineAmerican jails magazine

Five-Time Award Winning!

American Jails magazine has been recognized by Communications Concepts with an APEX Award for five years in a row: 2013-2017. APEX Awards (Awards for Publication Excellence) are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Approximately 2,100 entries were evaluated in various categories.

AJA's American Jails was one of the entries in the Magazines & Journals (more than 32 pages) category. Business, nonprofit, agency, and freelance communicators are eligible to enter the competition. This marked the 26th year for the APEX Awards. American Jails magazine is an AJA member benefit and is published six times a year. Complete issues of the magazine are available to members online. 

...And now we would like to hear from you. What are your thoughts about American Jails? Do you see it as a significant member benefit? Is it of value to your and/or your agency? What subjects are of particular interest? Please e-mail your comments to

Interested in advertising in American Jails magazine?

Nearly 13 million individuals are admitted to jails every year. Serving the needs of this growing population is big business, and current forecasts indicate continued growth and expansion.

American Jails magazine has a pass-along readership of more than 20,000, consisting of jail administrators, jail managers, and county officials--the people who make purchasing decisions. Our members and readers turn to AJA for answers to critical daily issues. They want information about products and services that will help them run the more than 3,700 facilities in a safer, more-efficient manner. American Jails magazine can help you reach the jail professionals who make the decisions.

Be sure to view our 2018 Media Kit and advertising opportunities, or contact Wayne Hatcher at 301-790-3930 or