THANKS for visiting ACA’s website. Our website has proven to be user-friendly and provides you an opportunity to access your membership information (the website contains a members-only section), view ACA leadership and committee membership, register for a conference, review webinars and plenaries, find post-conference coverage, order publications, inquire about certification, check out ACA standards, and many, many more features. A complete list of staff by department is included so it’s easy for you to contact any of us at any time. We invite you to browse our website and ask you to reach out to us if you have questions or if we can assist you in any way. Hopefully, you will find everything you need and are looking for while exploring the site.

           The Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the site for ACA’s 148th Congress of Correction; August 2–7, 2018. The Hilton Minneapolis is our host hotel, with overflow rooms in the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and Marriott City Center; hotel blocks fill up fast, so book your room and register as soon as possible! All hotels are connected to the Minneapolis Convention Center via skywalk. Housing and registration opened April 2, and early, discounted registration ends on July 13, 2018. After July 13, you may still register at the full rate up-to and during the conference. Up-to-date information on the Minneapolis Congress is available on the registration site as well.


            In February, ACA met with the Minnesota Host Committee to discuss many topics including correctional facility tours, volunteers, program book materials and guests at head tables.  During the meeting, Tom Roy, Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, and Richard Stanek, Sheriff, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, were elected by the host committee as their co-chairs. We are looking forward to working with our friends from Minnesota toward a successful conference in Minneapolis.


            Congratulations to Patricia Caruso (MI) and Daron Hall (TN), both of whom will receive the 2018 E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award on Tuesday evening at the Minneapolis Congress. The E.R. Cass Award is ACA’s highest award and honors Edward R. Cass, the general secretary of ACA for 40 years. Hopefully, you will be able to join us in Minneapolis. Sign into your account to reserve your ticket for the banquet.


            ACA’s World-Class E-Learning Training Program continues to expand its courses. Quality training starts at ACA and gives you an opportunity to develop your skills and boost your opportunities. We offer a state-of-the-art training platform, a media-rich learning experience, new courses, and it is cost-effective. Give us a chance to build your career with ACA training in security, administration, treatment, leadership and food service. For more information and to view the catalog, please visit our website. If you would like additional assistance, please contact Diane Geiman at 1-800-222-5646 x 0167 or e-mail elearning@aca.org.


The ACAConnect newsletter continues to be sent to members electronically every three to four weeks. Your input for this newsletter is always welcome. If you have information to share or if you aren’t receiving your newsletter, please email Eric Schultz in our Government Affairs Office at legislative@aca.org.


            In addition, we are always looking for good articles for Corrections Today magazine. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please check out the publications area of this website or send an email to submissions@aca.org.


            Thank you again for visiting our website. Your membership is appreciated, and thanks for being part of our family!



James A. Gondles, Jr., CAE
Executive Director