The Georgia Jail Association is an organization comprised of professionals
from all levels of operations and related government agencies. The members share the common goal of improving all Georgia
jails, regardless of size of location.
The GJA is organized into five geographic regions throughout
the state to ensure balanced representation and facilitate effective communication and coordination.
purposes of GJA are to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and techniques, to advance professionalism through
training, technical assistance, publication and conferences; the Georgia Sheriff’s instill our jail standards and presents
those standards through training, information exchange, programs and services that GJA supports.
GJA fosters fellowship and promotes networking as tools to address mutual operational problems and needs.
The GJA is governed by a Board of Directors composed of members elected
by the full membership. Board members include the Immediate Past President; the President; the President-Elect; First Vice-President;
Second Vice-President; Third Vice-President; Treasurer; Twelve Regional Representatives. The Secretary is appointed by the
In addition to the Annual Business Meeting and Training Conference, the
Board of Directors meets routinely during the year at sites throughout the state. The topical committees also convene special
meetings during the year to discuss membership, training, conference and other issues.
structure and by-laws of the GJA are designed to ensure the full and representative participation of all members.
GJA NEWSLETTER—The GJA publishes a quarterly newsletter
mailed to each member. The newsletter announces training opportunities, recounts interesting developments in member jail agencies,
and alerts and educated members about evolving legislation and administrative regulations affecting local jail operations.
WEBPAGE—Bringing the GJA to the internet information medium. Upcoming events, officers, newsletter, “Jail Talk”,
and more can be found on the webpage.
Each year GJA honors local jail employees who have distinguished themselves and their agencies.
elected officials and members strive throughout the year to share information about state and local jail operations. Business
meetings are convened during the year in each region to conduct the affairs of the GJA, exchange ideas and ensure full member
accessibility and involvement
WHAT GJA OFFERS YOU
The GJA sponsors
an annual training conference held in a different site each year to bring the GJA within reach of all its members.
addition to providing timely, professional instruction in critical operational areas, the conference provides a forum for
jail vendor to exhibit and discuss their products and services and sponsors an awards program to recognize the outstanding
accomplishments of jail personnel.
1.Through cooperation, share information, ideas, and solutions to further cost and operations
effectiveness in member organizations.
2. Cultivate and provide leadership by advancing professionalism
through training, information exchange, technical assistance, management practices, publication and conferences.
professionalism through training, technical assistance, knowledge exchange, publications and conferences.
a unified voice in advancing the interests, needs, concerns and proficiencies of local jail professionals as deemed appropriate
by the membership.
5.Actively assist and support Georgia Sheriffs and other agencies and institutions
of the criminal justice system to seek practical solutions to challenges confronting jails.