The Texas Jail Association was formed on June 4, 1986, in Austin, Texas. The organization's main objective is to provide a distinct and unified voice for correctional officers working in local jails. TJA's - membership is comprised of Jail Administrators, Correctional Officers, Sheriffs, Support Staff, and other interested parties of the corrections profession in Texas. TJA strives to accomplish the following goals:
- To bring together those concerned with or interested in the professional operation and administration of jails in the state of Texas;
- To advance professionalism through training, technical assistance, publications, peer interactions, and conferences;
- To provide leadership in the development of professional standards, management practices, programs, and services, and
- To advance the interests, needs, and concerns of the membership.