Magazine article American Jails

2014 Aja Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo: Your Invitation to Dallas

Magazine article American Jails

2014 Aja Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo: Your Invitation to Dallas

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Dallas-Big things happen here!

And big things will definitely happen in Dallas when the American Jail Association visits "The Big D" for its 33rd Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo, April 27-30, 2014.

This is your invitation to join jail professionals across the Nation for four days of education, training, vendor exhibits, networking, social events, and camaraderie in one of America's most interesting cities.

Less than four hours away by scheduled air from most major cities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, Dallas is the centerpiece of arts and cultural activities in the Southwest and the ideal place to explore originality. Here, international film festivals share the limelight with downtown arts festivals, and an eclectic music scene stands alongside the grace and élan of a world-renown sculpture center. Movies are found in intimate art-house theaters or on giant outdoor high-definition screens; amazing art is appreciated on museum walls or on outdoor graffiti. Live music is in "surround sound"- jazz under the stars, chamber music in the azalea gardens, salsa bands in the Latino cultural center, country western music in the bars, rock con- certs in the arenas and opera in an extraordinary new opera house.

And there's more...

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Dallas is a sports and recreation lover's dream. With franchises from a number of professional sports leagues, a lake in the heart of the city surrounded by a 10-mile running/ biking trail, 200 area golf courses, and a vast parks system, the city has a multitude of sporting opportunities for visitors.

Even when the Dallas Cowboys aren't hitting the field, a trip to Cow- boy Stadium is well worth the visit. This jaw-dropping architectural phe- nomenon covers 73 acres, is 900 feet in length, and features a retractable roof and end-zone walls. The world's largest domed structure, it also comes with its own world-class art collection.

Although the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars will have just ended their regular seasons, the Texas Rangers will be in full swing at their stadium in nearby Arlington. If the Rangers are in town, baseball fans will be able to take in a game or two. Apart from the Rangers, the Ballpark at Arlington is home to Legends of the Game Baseball Museum, the Children's Learning Center, and Dr. Pepper Youth Ballpark.

Need for Speed

Feel the overwhelming desire for speed? Dallas is home to Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile racetrack that plays host to NASCAR and IndyCar Series races among other motor sports events throughout the year.

Just a Walk in the Park

If your pace is a little slower, get out and stretch your legs at Katy Trail, which caters to runners, bikers, walkers, and inline skaters right in the heart of downtown. Just a few miles from downtown is White Rock Lake, the place where locals escape the busy city. The lake features a 9-mile hike/bike trail, fishing piers, picnic facilities, and the beautiful Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Also a few miles out of downtown is the 120-acre Trinity Audubon Center where visitors can explore several hiking trails or kayak the Trinity River.


Our Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo will once again provide exceptional training and professional development opportunities, in addition to networking and social activities, for correctional personnel at all levels and operational responsibilities.

Currently in development, our more than three dozen workshops will focus on pertinent issues relating to facility administration, personal certification, direct supervision, staff and inmate health, and legal issues.

Look for our complete conference agenda to be mailed with your next issue of American Jails and on the '*¿5 AJA website at

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