The details

This is exciting and the first-of-its-kind program. Class 2 starts in September, 2017.  

The need

Experts agree: Tomorrow is too late to begin planning for the eventual departure of an aging workforce.

Welcome leaders

A collaboration of the American Jail Association and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University. 


                Jail Executive Development Program

JEDP Program is directed to the development of future Jail Administrators.  An intensive course, it helps our industry create the leaders of tomorrow.


Class 2 of the Jail Executive Development Program (JEDP) will be held in 2017!  The JEDP is designed to serve those who hold the position of chief executive*, or are in a position to be promoted to chief executive.


     Classroom Session:  September 24–29, 2017 (Huntsville, Texas)
     Intersession Work:  September 30, 2017 – November 1, 2017

MISSION:JEDP is designed to serve those who hold the position of chief executive, or are in a position to be promoted to chief executive. This program will be held once each year.

Seats will be awarded and prioritized as outlined below:

  1. Jail administrator with less than one year in the assignment;
  2. Jail administrator with less than 5 years in the assignment;
  3. Jail administrator with 5 or more years in the assignment;
  4. Deputy jail administrator (or lesser rank) with department head nomination verifying that they are in line with a succession plan to be seated as an Executive.

*Jail Chief Executive

(See also jail leader’s core competencies -

The individual, based on post order and/or job description, who is responsible and has the authority to make the short and long term decisions guiding jail operations.  For example:

  • Sets vision, mission and values;
  • Assures organizational accountability;
  • Directly collaborates with criminal justice system stakeholders and community partners;
  • Engages in strategic planning;
  • Approves and implement policies and procedures;
  • Hiring and human resource management (employee hiring, firing, discipline, training); and
  • Prepares and manages the budget and contracts.

This individual may have persons above them in the chain-of-command to whom they may report – for example, a sheriff, an undersheriff, a county administrator, a regional jail board, and/or a tribal administrator.