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The mission of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy (NJLCA) is to develop leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities towards effective succession preparation, and successful transitioning into senior and executive leadership positions within jails.


The vision of NJLCA is to develop transformative jail leadership, leading positive change aligned with ethical conduct, advocacy for peers, use of evidence-based practices, and humane treatment in the furtherance of community safety.


NJLCA Dress Code

The dress code for this program is business casual: No shorts, t-shirts, jeans, or flips-flops. Meeting rooms are often cold, so we recommend that you bring a jacket or sweater.

George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center

The National Jail Leadership Command Academy is held in the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Constructed in 1977, this 193,000 square foot complex was made possible by generous grants from the Texas Legislature, Houston Endowment, Inc., and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of the United States Department of Justice. Built by the Texas Department of Corrections, construction of the Center provided thousands of inmates an opportunity to learn construction trades while building a facility dedicated to the education of current and future generations of criminal justice professionals.

In addition to the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, the Center houses the College of Criminal Justice, the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, and various research centers.